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HP wants you to carry a PC on your back for VR gaming

The rise of active VR gaming could lead to a bizarre trend for backpack PCs, and HP is latest to announce one.

With the likes of the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift offering an immersive full-movement VR experience, but requiring a lot of hardware to run, a wearable high-end PC could be the ideal solution.

As part of HP’s Omen X gaming PC line, the as-yet-unnamed machine will be designed to be worn on your back. Despite being relatively compact at around 10 pounds (that’s 4.5kg metric fans), the backpack PC will run on the latest Intel Core i5 or i7 processors and an unspecified discrete graphics card, and will be backed by 32GB of memory.

Two batteries will be stashed in the backpack’s waist belt – one for the CPU, and one for the GPU. Admittedly, those batteries will on last around an hour. But they can be hot swapped courtesy of a smaller back-up battery.

Okay, so you’ll look like a complete tool. But you’ve already made your peace with that by embracing VR, right?

Related: Oculus Rift vs HTC Vive

HP backpack

The package will also reportedly contain a wireless monitor, mouse, and keyboard, so you won’t need to take it off and hook it up just to use it as a normal computer. It looks like you’ll get a couple of USB ports and an HDMI port, as well as a headphone socket.

HP is still testing and iterating on its design at present, so there’s no firm launch date or any indication of pricing. However, it should be releasing a working version of the device to developers within a month.

With MSI and Zotac already announcing their own backpack PCs, HP won’t want to hang around for too long.

Take a look at our HTC Vive hands-on video:

Would you strap a PC to your back in the name of immersive gaming? Let us know in the comments

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