Asus is showing off two new VR-ready gaming PCs with compact case designs at the Consumer Electronics Show.
One is the Asus VivoPC X, which is a small box that’s not much larger than a typical game console. The other is the ROG Gr8 II, a 2nd-gen version of the smallest desktop computer from the company’s Republic of Gamers division.
The GR II features NVIDIA GeForce 1060 graphics, up to a Core i7 CPU, up to 32GB of DDR2 RAM, and support for M.2 PCIe solid state storage and a 2.5 inch hard drive or SSD.
Asus describes it as a 4 liter PC that’s “the smallest gaming PC built for VR,” which is always a tricky claim to make around CES, because there’s probably some other PC maker with a tiny gaming PC launching this week as well.
But it is a little smaller than the Asus VivoPC X, which has a 5 liter case.
The GR8 II has two HDMI ports for connecting a VR headset and a display at the same time, a cooling system with copper heat pipes and dual fans, and a distinctive design with RGB lights that can synchronize with other Asus ROG gaming peripherals.
The Asus VivoPC X also has GeForce 1060 graphics, but this model has a Core i5 Kaby Lake processor and a more understated design. But it still has plenty of ports, including two HDMI ports, four USB 3.1 ports, and two USB 2.0 ports.
The VivoPC X should be available in March for $800. I haven’t seen any pricing details for the ROG GR8 II yet.