Wednesday, May 25th 2016

MSI Readies a "Backpack" Portable Gaming PC for VR

Get this - a portable gaming PC that's battery-powered, to which you plug in your VR headset, strap around your arms like a backpack, and walk around in an open space. MSI is tinkering with that concept, with its new untitled backpack gaming PC. The PC will be powered by cutting-edge desktop-grade Core i7 processors and GeForce GTX 980 graphics (likely GTX 1080M when it comes out?). It lets you plug in your VR gear with minimal cable clutter, and walk around without being confined to a static gaming PC. The company will detail this product further at its 2016 Computex booth.
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22 Comments on MSI Readies a "Backpack" Portable Gaming PC for VR

#1
Caring1
So it's like a laptop, but bigger?
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#2
Chaitanya
Caring1 said:
So it's like a laptop, but bigger?
Basically a Mini-ITX based PC stuck to back. I think there are couple of cases that can fit in a backpack, so anyone with a pair of scissors and sewing skills should be able to build their own VR Ready backpack PC.
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#3
Oplarhigos
People are gonna get ran over in the streets, i guarantee it.
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#4
Caring1
Oplarhigos said:
People are gonna get ran over in the streets, i guarantee it.
Shouldn't be any different than the dumbarses walking around with their face stuck in a phone. :nutkick:
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#5
RCoon
Gaming Moderator
Catch is you need a car battery to power it.
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#6
erixx
RCoon said:
Catch is you need a car battery to power it.
^^ This is an issue.

It reminds me the radio-men of WWII....
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#7
RCoon
Gaming Moderator
erixx said:
^^ This is an issue.

It reminds me the radio-men of WWII....
Or these guys

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#8
ViperXTR
VR porn becoming more viable exercise material ( more so if you include that car battery lel)
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#9
Eiswolf93
Some Years ago this was the portable solution



Thanks MSI the future is here!
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#10
silentbogo
So now you don't have to trip over wires! All you have to worry about is bumping into your surroundings and other people!

Here's an old cutout from PopMech.
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#11
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
I like the basic concept actually.
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#12
trog100
RCoon said:
Catch is you need a car battery to power it.
a good lipo pack (electric bike style) should power it okay.. he he..

trog
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#13
john_
I think Zotac started this trend. Well in the case of MSI's product, I think it looks in my eyes as much ridiculous as the Zotac one.
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#14
MIRTAZAPINE
RCoon said:
Catch is you need a car battery to power it.
This can work too. if you do not trip over the wires.

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#15
Octavean
They are working on a wireless solution so there should be no need to strap a PC (portable or ITX) to your back:

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#16
GhostRyder
Ok, we are getting ever closer to being immersed into our games all the way around...

Now we just need something to hold us in place, let us walk and jump without moving from one spot, and a system that reads our every movement. (Yes I am aware of that E3 device).
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#17
ZoneDymo
MIRTAZAPINE said:
This can work too. if you do not trip over the wires.


Well we need massive induction charging anyway with cars, might as well develop it for this thing as well
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#18
Slizzo
Not a terrible concept, but it's just a terrible way to go about it.

Why not look into trying to get wireless HDMI to happen with little lag?
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#19
crsh1976
This possibly wins this week's most ridiculous idea prize; why not power it with a battery and gasoline tank while we're at it, add some wheels and it's almost a vehicle too!
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#20
SaltyFish
Power issues aside, imagine tripping and falling backwards with that thing on...

The other problem I see with this is the massive amounts of heat. VR gaming currently requires a powerful heat-spewing setup. Having a quad-SLI GTX 980 Ti setup at full load on your back probably won't feel comfortable after a few minutes.
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#22
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
Caring1 said:
So it's like a laptop, but bigger?
It's a "BackTop" :p
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