HP launches Omen X VR PC backpack for mobile gaming

HP has recently launched a new series of gaming laptops in the Omen gaming line, which will include a high-end backpack PC that will allow gamers to play virtual reality (VR) on the move, or at the very least allow them to enjoy VR without having to be connected to a stationary PC.

The unnamed backpack PC is expected to be a part of the premium “Omen X” line. This new trend actually started with Zotac and was opposed by MSI’s backpack VR solution, which is set to make its debut next week during Computex 2016 in Taipei.

“At this time we’re showing an initial concept prototype of the product. We’re using these examples to begin engaging with ISVs (independent software vendors), who are going to help us refine the final product,” explains the exec. “So what we bring to market probably will be quite different from what we’re showing today. We’re not announcing a product for sale, but we are looking for a select group of developers to help vet the backpack, provide feedback to us, and see what kind of new experiences they supply to us with this backpack.”

Unlike Zotac and MSI’s offerings, HP’s backpack PC, the Omen X VR PC Pack, is still a prototype which means that it won’t be available for purchase anytime soon. However, according to HP, they claim that their backpack PC will support Intel Core i5 or i7 H processors, M.2 SSDs with up to 512GB of capacity, and up to 32GB of RAM. It will also include two USB Type-A ports, two USB 3.1 Type-C ports, one HDMI port, one audio combo jack, one DC output jack for headphone power, two battery DC input jacks, and one DC input jack for connecting the desktop to a wall outlet.

The hardware is stored inside a rounded back chassis with a checkered triangular pattern on the side facing away from the user’s back. It’s also decked with red trimming and sports the company’s Omen logo and branding. The device has about one hour of battery life, with the batteries stuffed into the PC’s accompanying waist belt. While there is no word on the graphics card, it is expected to offer a GTX 970 or Radeon 390 or above to power VR worlds. The Omen backpack’s total weight will be less than 10 pounds so that it is not too much of a burden to carry around.

It also sports a dual-fan rear-venting solution to keep the PC cool so that the heated components do not make your back sweat. Alternatively, you can just remove the straps and place it on a table, and use it like any other Windows-based PC.

While there is no clarity as to when HP will bring the Omen X VR PC Pack to the market, the company said that it will begin showing the VR backpack in demos within the next month. We presume it to make an appearance at the Computex or E3 2016 in June.

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