As much as this generation of virtual reality hardware is amazing, the one big reminder that we’re still not really in the fantastical world around us, is that we’re tethered to the real one by cables. Zotac is looking to alleviate that problem with its new VR backpack, which gives you all the power to run a VR headset, while on the move.
To make this possible, Zotac fitted one of its Zbox Mini PCs within the folds of a conventional backpack and fitted it with Nvidia GTX 970, 980 or 980Ti graphics, depending on your prefer. With that attached to your back, all you need do is put on the headset and begin slaying virtual enemies and throwing virtual sticks for virtual robot dogs.
The hope with this backpack, is that it will provide a stop-gap solution for those wishing for a wireless-feeling VR experience, before the next-generation of hardware perhaps makes that truly possible in a few years’ time.
Of course though, this certainly isn’t that. Users are still restricted by the scope of their room, and the headset and headphones will still be wired, there just won’t be quite as many. There’s is however no chance of standing on a cable and you don’t need to worry about orientation, which is a bonus, but there will be some restrictions on battery life.
However we don’t know how long the Zbox’s battery will last just yet, nor do we know when it will release or how much it will cost.
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KitGuru Says: One other advantage of this, is that it is far easier to take your VR setup to a friend’s house. No more lugging a pc, just put the headset, sensors and controller in the backpack too, and get hiking over there.