The computer brand Zotac has unveiled VR GO 4.0, its fourth generation of portable VR gaming PCs built into a backpack on Computex 2022.
To be precise, the whole PC itself is backpack, so you will not have extra space to pack snacks or store your wallet, but Zotac mentions that it has some space to expand if you want to make some upgrades, although this seems to be limited to memory and storage.
The wireless gaming backpack is equipped with an Intel Core i7-11800H CPU, 16 GB DDR4 RAM and a 512 GB M.2 NVMe SSD. The back of the backpack opens to reveal that you also get a 2.5 “SATA III drive for extra storage options and provides access to the aforementioned upgrades.
You also get an Nvidia RTX A4500, a graphics card that probably won’t sound familiar to many gamers accustomed to Nvidia’s GeForce gaming line, but this is a professional GPU designed with creativity in mind. It has 5888 cores and 16 GB of GDDR6 memory, which gives about the same performance in the game as an RTX 3060 graphics card.
The dedicated listing page on the Zotac website (opens in new tab) reads “Fasten your backpack PC and experience VR and Metaverse as it is meant to be experienced. Free. Enjoy unstoppable freedom in games, movies, training, education or even adventure from unimaginable places”
The complete specifications can be found below:
- Intel Core i7 8-core / 16-wire processor
- NVIDIA RTX A4500 16GB GDDR6
- 16 GB DDR4 memory, 512 GB M.2 SSD, Windows 11 Pro pre-installed
- Upgradable storage and memory
- Top- and side-loaded I / O ports
- Intelligent thermal design
- Padded support and strap, sweat-resistant materials
- SPECTRA 2.0 RGB lighting
- Up to 50 minutes playing time
There is no official price available yet, although we assume this will be around $ 2300 (about £ 1800 / AU $ 3250) – $ 2800 (about £ 2200 / AU $ 4000) given the specifications. We also do not have a release date for VR Go 4.0, so if you are watching one, you will have to wait until either an announcement is made or it simply appears on the shelves.
Analysis: This is probably not for players
Before you roll your eyes at the convenience of a gaming PC built into a backpack, just know that this is probably not meant for the everyday consumer. Sure, there are a lot of VR enthusiasts out there who will find a lot of use for it, but even Zotac seems to suggest that this leans more towards creative and developers than your typical player.
The industry-leading VR backpack PC is now equipped with more advanced technologies, enabling individual developers and 3D designers to visualize and realize everything creatively in Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) or Mixed Reality “MR) for VR content development, virtual entertainment and more technical scenarios. For everyone else, the addition of more powerful hardware provides a more immersive experience in VR games.”
The statement above is taken from the landing page for VR GO 4.0, and funnily enough, VR gaming seems to have been turned in at the end as an afterthought. That said, we agree with Zotac – this is a great tool for VR game developers who need to test things remotely, or perhaps content creators who use platforms like VR Chat.
The RGB lighting in this case seems to be a strange style choice, but maybe Zotac hopes the fluctuating rainbow lights will attract players anyway. There is nothing stopping you from buying one for home use, although you can get some weird looks if you try to use it to play in a public room.
Another use for these systems is VR experiences, and I guess that’s where most of the demand will be. Many VR centers around the world have opened in recent years, giving consumers the opportunity to try virtual reality games or content in a large open space.
We at TechRadar actually gave this a try, and played a version of Far Cry made specifically for this type of VR experience (opens in new tab)and the freedom of not being tied to a computer or laptop is really eye-opening if you’ve only used VR headsets like the Oculus Quest at home.
Would I buy one to have at home? Probably not, but then the VR space evolves to meet the ever-threatening demands of Metaverse, so who knows – maybe my work bag will also function as my actual laptop complete with virtual office in the coming years.
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