Zotac’s VR GO Backpack PC Now Available (Updated)

Zotac recently invited us to its 10-Year Anniversary party in Hong Kong, where the company teased us with an updated version of its VR GO Backpack PC. Now, Zotac has revealed the full specifications of the battery-powered VR-ready gaming computer and let it loose into the wild.

The VR GO Backpack PC features an Intel Core i7-6700T processor clocked at 2.8GHz with a 3.6GHz turbo frequency. It sports 16GB of DDR4 SO-DIMM RAM, but it supports up to 32GB (2 x 16GB SO-DIMM) of memory in total. A powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 graphics module gives the VR GO plenty of GPU horsepower to provide top-end VR performance. It also features a 240GB M.2 SATA SSD, in addition to a 2.5-inch drive bay to expand your total storage capacity.

The top panel sports an HDMI 2.0 port, a power output (DC 12V) port, and two USB 3.0 ports, so you can easily connect your HMD. The side panel features another four USB 3.0 ports, two HDMI ports and two DisplayPort interfaces, in addition to an analog audio in/out jacks, an SD card reader and the DC power-in plug.

To get online, the VR GO features both dual gigabit LAN and 802.11ac WiFi. We can’t see the dual-gigabit LAN ports coming into play unless you occasionally set the PC on your desk. Zotac designed the VR GO for a wearable and wireless VR gaming experience, and we’re not sure why anyone would need (or want) two LAN ports in a device like the VR GO Backpack.

The battery system consists of two hot-swappable 6600mAh lithium-ion batteries with a 95Wh rating, which the company said could offer up to two hours of tether-free gameplay. Zotac includes the charging dock, power adapter, and backpack with the system, but you will also be able to order spare batteries and accessories in the future (although the company didn’t give us any indication of when).

The Zotac VR GO Backpack is available now on Amazon, with a price tag of $1,999.

Product

Zotac VR GO Backpack ZBOX-VR7N70

Processor

Intel Core i7-6700T

Memory

16GB DDR4 SO-DIMM (Up to 32GB)

Graphics

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5

Storage

- 240GB M.2 SATA SSD

- 2.5” SATA Drive Bay

Ports

- USB 3.0 x6

- 3-in-1 Card Reader

- Analog Input/Output

- Battery Port x2

- Power Output (DC 12V) x2

Display Output

- HDMI 2.0 x3

- DisplayPort 1.3 x2

Networking

- Dual Gigabit Ethernet

- 802.11ac WiFi

Battery

2x  Li-Ion 6600 mAh, 95Wh

Dimensions

16.14 x 10.63 x 2.99 inches

Weight (PC, Backpack, Batteries)

~10.91 lbs.

Starting MSRP

$1,999

Update, 11/30/2016, 7:56PM CT: Zotac reached out to correct a mistake in its materials concerning the weight of the VR GO.

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  • jaber2
    Laptops are cheaper and can fit into your backpack, this isn't a solution this is more like taking advantage of what people want, people want small and portable with more power, this isn't it.
  • problematiq
    Just is time for us to hear about the Vive's wireless pack. Though release date is next year.
  • kewlguy239
    There's a big difference between a laptop and this PC... namely the battery system. Instead of capping framerates on battery, the VR GO pushes max juice to the components at all times so that you can get the 90 FPS most VR games aim for.

    An advanced user could probably figure out how to configure a laptop's OS to let the PC operate with the lid closed and uncap frames on battery (which will drain the battery even faster), but check out some of our reviews and see how long some of these laptops run with Battery Boost enabled. You barely get over an hour in most cases, with some giving an hour and a half. But that's without full-throttle graphics performance. A typical sub-$2,000 laptop can't hang in this manner. Furthermore, cooling becomes an issue if you stuff a laptop into a regular backpack, and it would probably throttle like crazy.

    This product was designed for VR specifically. There's no need for the user to alter OS settings or disable battery-saving features, they can just unpack and GO (pun intended). Everything about it was designed for it to be on your back without a fuss.

    I can see your point (there are equally-powerful or more-powerful laptops for less), but it's like comparing a tractor to a car because they both have engines. Each device has a specific purpose, and the VR GO's purpose is to immerse yourself even further in VR.