"Strapping on the MSI VR One backpack PC"
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CNET First Look
CNET First Look
Strapping on the MSI VR One backpack PC
I'm gonna come right out and say it.
There's just no way to look cool wearing a virtual reality backpack.
And while not exactly fashion forward, the MSI VR One does send out to solve a very legitimate problem with current Jen VR.
You usually tether to a PC by a big umbilical cable which inevitably gets tangled on the foot and restricts free movement.
For think of the VR one as a battery powered via ready desktop that you strap onto your back.
Inside the plastic case is an Intel Core I7 CPU.
And in video g force 10 graphics card, and a pair of [UNKNOWN] batteries.
The [UNKNOWN] headset plugs directly into it, so there's no long cable anchoring you to a stationary PC.
It's suprising light, around seven pounds.
And not really that awkward once you're fully suited up.
But getting there can be a journey.
You almost need a VR caddy to help you put the whole thing on.
Including the shoulder straps, the belt strap, the head set, the headphones and the controllers.
But one you're properly strapped in, they really amazing thing about the MSI VR One Is that it actually works.
In games like Space Pirate Trainer I usually move very cautiously so as not to yank the cable.
I had to convince myself to move more freely.
I wasn't used having this kind of free rein in VR.
Battery life is usually 60-90 minutes but people usually don't use VR for more than maybe 20-30 minutes at a time.
Still this may all be a moot point.
As useful as a VR backpack is, we're expecting several wireless transmitter add ons for VR later 2017 which will cut the headset cord once and for all.
As tempting as the VR backpack is, I'd probably wait to try one of those before turning yourself into a walking human computer hybrid.
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