Zotac VR GO backpack PC lets you cut loose


— 3:00 PM on November 2, 2016

We saw a prototype of Zotac's VR backpack at Computex, but now the user-mounted gaming PC has a name: VR GO. To produce the VR GO, the company essentially packed one of its Magnus EN1070 mini-PCs into a backpack. That means the wearable PC has a quad-core Core i7 processor and graphics horsepower by way of a GeForce GTX 1070.

Similar to the EN1070, the VR GO has space for two DDR4 SO-DIMMs, an M.2 SSD, and a 2.5" drive. The Zotac VR GO shares a lot of features with MSI's take on the VR backpack idea, though Zotac's styling is more sedate. Users can monitor how much juice is left in the dual hot-swappable batteries via parallel rows of LEDs on the back. Zotac hasn't announced battery life for the VR GO, but we expect it should be long enough to outlast most people's VR endurance.

Zotac cleverly stuck all the connections required for the VR headset—an HDMI and two USB 3.0 ports—on the top of the VR GO. Meanwhile, the rest of the machine's ports sit on the side. The port cluster includes dual Gigabit Ethernet connectors, two DisplayPorts, two extra HDMI outputs, three USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader, and analog headphone and microphone jacks. As expected of a battery-powered PC, the VR GO includes 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.

The amount of physical connectivity on the VR GO rivals some full-sized desktops, and Zotac indeed says it wanted the machine to be usable as a desktop computer. To that end, the backpack harness (which includes a pair of holsters for VR controllers) is fully removable. The company says the VR GO will be on the move by the end of this year, but there's yet no word on pricing.

 
   
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