MSI launches the Trident, a console sized VR gaming PC
MSI today announced the Trident, a console-sized gaming PC they’re claiming is the world’s smallest VR-capable desktop system. The device packs some serious power in a small case.
The Trident is equipped with some high-end specs, including an Intel Skylake processor and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card. The specific models of these components couldn’t be determined at the time of this writing, but we do know the GTX 1060 will be custom made by MSI to fit into the small case. The system also has room for up to 32 GB of DDR4 SO-DIMM RAM (most likely via two slots), an M.2 SSD, and a standard 2.5 inch HDD or SSD for storage. For connectivity, the Trident boasts:
|Front I/O||Rear I/O|
|Two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A||One USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A|
|One USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C||Four USB 2.0 Type-A|
|One HDMI "VR-Link" out||Two HDMI out|
|One 3.5 mm audio out||Three 3.5 mm audio jacks|
|One 3.5 mm audio in||One ethernet|
Gamers can also use the video ports on the graphics card. The included GTX 1060 includes a DisplayPort, an HDMI port, and a Dual-Link DVI, although these may vary based on the option available at retail.
Cooling everything is MSI’s custom Silent Storm Cooling 2 system. This design separates components into chambers within the chassis to optimize airflow. MSI’s goal is to keep the cooling system as efficient and silent as possible to allow for long gaming sessions. MSI has also implemented their RGB Mystic Light technology to allow users some personalization options.
The case measures 34.6 cm x 23.2 cm x 7.2 cm. MSI claims the volume comes in at only 4.7 liters, although they may be referring to the space available for components and not total case volume. (The volume doesn’t seem to mathematically represent the measurements given.) Users can lay the console flat or stand it up vertically using an included stand, although this does add some size to it. The PC weighs in at 3.17 kg and is powered by a 230 Watt external adapter. Comparably, the device is not much larger than Microsoft’s Xbox One, so it should fit comfortably under a TV or within a living room setup.
We've seen similar products from other manufacturers like Zotac. MSI has also showed off the VR One, a backpack PC that also bring VR gaming in a small chassis. The Trident should be available globally in the middle of November. MSI hasn’t released information on pricing at this time.