MSI VR One
High-end gaming in the backpack. Finally, no more cables: This is MSI's goal with the brand-new virtual reality backpack. We were one of the first editorial offices to have a closer look at the promising concept. (ad)
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Hardly any topic was hotter than virtual reality (or short VR) in the technology industry in 2016. While Sony is focusing on Playstation VR for its current console, there is a battle between the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive in the desktop segment. We already had the chance to test the latter in combination with the performance giant MSI GT83VR (see link).
All VR platforms so far – notebooks or classic tower PCs – always had problems with a lot of cables. VR contents require power supply as well as enormous amounts of data. This is hard to realize without cables, so virtual reality products and their buyers currently have to live with this limitation. This is were backpacks like the MSI VR One come into play. They reduce the distance between the HMD (head mounted display) and the computer and therefore ensure more mobility. This will then increase the feel of immersion, which is particularly important for VR.
There are also corresponding solutions from other manufacturers by now, but VR One is currently the lightest, most affordable and most compact version. Priced at 2,800 Euros, other solutions are beaten by at least 500 Euros – despite the fact that MSI includes more powerful components (more storage, faster CPU). No manufacturer includes an HMD and it has to be purchased separately. Great: The VR One provides ports for both the HTC Vive as well as the Oculus Rift and many other 3D glasses.
Top: MSI offers a special cable that supports HTC Vive and Occulus Rift at a perfectly fitting lenght of 90 cm.