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Strapping on HP's Omen X VR backpack prototypeIt weighs 10 pounds and has a giant battery belt pack, but at least you won't trip over any cables.
In order to run virtual reality, first you have to get a powerful enough computer, you gotta buy an expensive VR headset, you got to set up all the sensors or bay stations. And even then there's a serious chance you're gonna end up tripping over all the cords anyway because you're tethered to a big desktop computer. Well HP is one of the companies working on a solution to that. Through a VR backpack that basically puts the entire computer on your back so you can carry it with you. You're still tethered to the headset but the tether just goes right to the PC that you have your back. Now we've previously seen this version only in photo mockups, now we have a chance to try it out in real life. This wasn't actually plugged in and functioning, but we get the chance to put the entire computer on our back, and put on HTC Vibe headset at the same time. Weighs about ten pounds, it's very compact so it feels dense Really the big shoulder strap and the battery pack that you wear around your waist felt bulkier than the computer itself. This is still a prototype so we don't know if it's ever going to turn up as a product you can actually buy in stores, but it was really fun to actually get a chance to strap on a VR backpack for the first time.