Zotac VR GO Backpack PC Houses Burly Intel Core i7 And GeForce GTX 1070 Power

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Hot on the heels of debut of the MSI VR One gaming backpack comes a similar product from Zotac. The Zotac VR GO uses the same “PC backpack” concept as MSI, giving gamers an Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA Pascal power for unencumbered virtual reality gaming.

In this case, you’ll find a quad-core Core i7-6700T (Skylake) processor paired with up to 32GB of RAM (16GB is preinstalled) along with a GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card. Storage duties are handled by a 240GB M.2 SATA SSD and you’ll be greeted by an abundance of ports (six USB 3.0, dual GbE, three HDMI 2.0, two DisplayPort, 3-in-1 media reader). Other features include 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, and a thermal design that “directs system heat away from body” to help minimize dreaded back sweat.

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When it comes to powering the VR GO, included are two 95 WHr 6600 mAh batteries (each of which has an easy-to-read battery status indicator) that can provide up to two hours of VR gaming before you’ll have to shut down and recharge. If you have money to burn, you can purchase additional batteries to take advantage of the VR GO’s hot-swapping capabilities to extend your runtimes.

“The VR GO is an exciting innovation for everyone to finally enjoy VR the way it is meant to be experienced,” said Zotac CEO Tony Wong. “We want to provide the best of both worlds to our users: Powerful VR in high resolution and fast framerates while enjoying true mobility in a compact, wearable form. The VR GO is the best way to VR.”

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The Zotac VR GO seems like a nice companion for your Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, but one thing that has been left out (for now) is pricing for the system. The MSI VR One starts at $1,999 and maxes out at $2,299. Given the similar specs, we’d imagine that the VR GO will be in the same ballpark with regards to pricing.

Given the large financial investment that PC backpack systems like the VR GO and VR One require, the $220 TPCast wireless accessory for the HTC Vive seems like a downright bargain in comparison.