Zotac's VR Go Backpack: First Look Review

VR Go Backpack
A man playing a Star Wars game on the VR Go Backpack. Photo : Austin Evans/YouTube

The VR Go Backpack has been the talk of the virtual reality community for these past few months. And finally, it is now available. However, be warned that its retail price is not cheap because it costs $2,000.

The concept design of the VR Go backpack is simple: wireless virtual gaming. With most current virtual reality headsets compatible with PCs available today, users have always found it a hassle of constantly needing to watch their steps from the cables attached to the PC and worrying about running into a wall. But with the VR Go backpack, those issues are non-existent anymore.

The Design

The VR Go backpack featured in the video source was color black. On the bottom, it features some kind of battery port where the 95-watt hour battery (which is rechargeable) will be placed and some standards ports such as display ports, HDMI and two Ethernet ports. It also has DC in, power adaptor and DC out ports where the user can plug-in their VR headset such as the Vive headset. On top, there are also USB ports, HDMI, and DC out ports.

Computing System Features

For its processor, it features Intel Core i7-6700T (quad-core, 2.8 GHz, up to 3.6 GHz). It is powered by an Intel, NVIDIA chipset. Its system memory is 16 GB DDR4 SODIMM. It also supports Windows 10 Home 64-bit for its operating system.

Graphics Features

For its graphics engine, it is equipped with a GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 256-bit. As to its video outputs, it features 3 x HDMI and 2 x DisplayPort 1.3 (up to 4 displays).

Storage Features

The VR Go backpack features a hard drive of 2.5 inch SATAIII HDD/SSD bay. For its M.2, it features a 240 GB M.2 SATA SSD. And lastly, for its card reader, it features a 3-in-1 card (SD/SDHC/SDXC).

Setting It Up

Setting it up is easy and it really delivers once the users finally got it running. First, users will have to connect the VR headset to the VR Go backpack and then connect the backpack to a PC monitor to be able to access it. Once the user finishes setting up the software, the user will now then have to unplug the VR Go backpack from the PC monitor coupled with many wires and will be able to start playing.

Gaming Performance

Based on the video source, the gaming experience was true to its core of giving users an untethered virtual reality gaming experience. The only problem was is that the video source did not really go into full details of the device. Instead, only a quick introduction and performance test was shown.

However, by the end of the video, as the user was doing some heavy moves while playing, the VR Go accidentally slipped from the backpack strap and was left hanging on one end. Well, one thing is certain: users must be careful in moving around too much or might end up damaging the $2,000 VR gaming PC backpack. And about how long does its battery life lasts, it is said to last up to 2 hours of gaming time.

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