Product development takes time. Some products are first offered up in final form when they are days away from shipping. Others, like Zotac's VR Go Backpack first shown in April, tease the public for a while. After almost eight months of honing, the VR Go system is now out in the wild. The VR Go Backpack will be available in several configurations, but for now, Zotac is offering up a fairly high-powered system with an Intel Core i7-6700T CPU, a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card, 16GB of DDR4 memory, and a 240-GB SSD.
The biggest feature added to the VR Backpack over the nearly eight months since it was first shown is the battery setup. The VR Go packs a pair of hot-swappable battery packs that the manufacturer says provide up to two hours of cordless play time. Gamers can keep playing for an indefinite period of time by swapping out depleted batteries for fresh packs one at a time. Each battery has its own charge state indicator, and a dedicated charger allows buyers to top one up while the other is in the Backpack.
Amazon offers the Zotac VR Go Backpack model ZBOX-VR7N70-U-W2B for the princely sum of $2000, though it's currently out of stock. In addition to that amount, buyers will need to pony up $800 for an HTC Vive or $600 for an Oculus Rift headset. For the sake of comparison, Zotac's Zbox EN1070 compact gaming PC with the same Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card goes for $1500 on Amazon, but lacks the VR Go's batteries, Core i7 CPU, and backpack straps.