MSI was one of the first companies to stuff a gaming PC into a backpack in order to power a virtual reality experience that doesn’t involve tripping over wires connect your headset to a PC in the corner of the room.
The backpack PC weighs about 7.9 pounds, features NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 series graphics, and has two battery packs which are hot-swappable, allowing you to replace one battery at a time without turning off the PC.
It’s a good thing the batteries are hot swappable, because MSI is only promising around 1.5 hours of gaming time when using a virtual reality headset like an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. For marathon gaming sessions, you might want to invest in a bunch of spare batteries so you can keep going without stopping to recharge.
Other features of the PC-in-a-backpack include HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, and Thunderbolt 3 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, and a cooling system made from dual fans and 9 heat pipes, which MSI says allows the VR One to generate less than 41dBA of sound while in operation. Assuming you’re wearing a VR headset with headphones or earbuds, you might not hear any sound from the PC at all.
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