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MSI launches the Trident, a console sized VR gaming PC

The MSI Trident is the smallest VR-ready desktop PC. (Source: MSI)
The MSI Trident is the smallest VR-ready desktop PC. (Source: MSI)
MSI's is claiming their new Trident gaming PC is the smallest VR-capable device. Can it successfully bring virtual reality into the living room?

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/ORear I/O
Two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-AOne USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
One USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-CFour USB 2.0 Type-A
One HDMI "VR-Link" outTwo HDMI out
One 3.5 mm audio outThree 3.5 mm audio jacks
One 3.5 mm audio inOne 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.

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The MSI Trident uses a custom GTX 1060 to fit a lot of power in a small package. (Source: MSI)
The MSI Trident uses a custom GTX 1060 to fit a lot of power in a small package. (Source: MSI)
Though small in size, the Trident offers ample I/O options. (Source: MSI)
Though small in size, the Trident offers ample I/O options. (Source: MSI)
 

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Sam Medley, 2016-11-15 (Update: 2016-11-15)
Sam Medley
Sam Medley - Review Editor - @samuel_medley
I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.