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The Alienware VR backpack prototype (pictures)

This AMD-powered portable desktop gaming PC may someday allow Oculus and Vive gaming on the go.

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This Alienware backpack is intended to show how one could carry a VR-ready PC around for a more immersive experience. Read more news from E3 2016 here.

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This reference design is fairly thin and is built around AMD's new generation of RX-series graphics cards.

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It has the HDMI output and USB 3.0 inputs required of both the Vive and Oculus Rift.

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Like the similar HP prototype, this backpack requires a rather hefty battery, here housed in two compartments hanging from the belt loop.

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Since it's an Alienware, it has to have a glowing alien head, of course.

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While not even close to final hardware, this prototype was surprisingly slim.

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It has a carry handle on top, but keep in mind this is a reference design. It's intended to show off something that could someday be an actual product, but it's far off from being made available.

Keep up on all of CNET's E3 2016 coverage here..

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