It's not a Proton Pack, it's the MSI VR One backpack PC

Subject: Systems, Mobile | September 12, 2016 - 01:57 PM |
Tagged: VR One, msi, VR, backpack, htc vive

MSI released some more images of their VR One backpack PC designed to give you more freedom of movement when playing around in VR and to make it easier to cart around to show off to friends and relations.  We know very little about the internals as of yet, it will have an unspecified overclocked CPU and a GTX 10 series graphics card and will weigh 2.2kg empty, 3.6kg with a batteries installed; it ships with two which are hot-swappable.  At 1.5 lbs each, it will be very interesting to see which storage cell technology they used to reach the estimated 1.5 hours of full speed gameplay.  It also ships with an adapter so you can utilize mains power.

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The VR One is HTC VIVE optimized though in theory an Oculus should work as the connectivity includes an HDMI port, MiniDP and one ultra-speed Thunderbolt 3 port, aka USB 3.1 Type-C as well as four USB 3.0 ports.   Cooling is provided by two 9cm ultra blade fans and 9 heat pipes which should only produce noise 41dBA which is good as the system will be on your back while you are using it.

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Not all the flashing lights on the backpack are for show, LEDs will tell you the status of your battery to let you know when to swap it out.  This can be achieved without shutting the system down, presumably there is a physical switch on the armoured shell of the backpack to allow this feat as it would not accomplish much simply doing it in VR.  You can pop by MSI for more information on the MSI Dragon Center system software and the SHIFT Technology, aka the fan controller.

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Source: MSI

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September 12, 2016 | 02:15 PM - Posted by Mutation666 (not verified)

Make me a bare bones kit that I can build, that's what i want to see.

September 13, 2016 | 08:28 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

But then you would be able to choose your GPU and CPU, and Nvidia and Intel love their OEM lock-in.

This is the new OEM Strap-on market, It's bought and paid for by Nvidia/Intel! So it's a NvTel operation and you will be milked just like the OEM laptop market is by the NvTel folks and their high margin kit!

September 13, 2016 | 11:09 AM - Posted by BlackDove (not verified)

Its funny that Nvidia and Intel are in competetion with each other isnt it?

September 13, 2016 | 12:54 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Not when it comes to paying OEMs to keep AMD's products out of OEM laptops. Both Intel and Nvidia will NvTel it up to keep Zen/Polaris APUs/GPUs out of laptops. Sure Intel and Nvidia compete for some parts of the HPC/server market, but for laptops those OEM's will be trying to Gimp AMD's CPUs/APUs of memory channels and AMD Laptop based Graphics products of all the necessary cooling/thermal and screen/other options to keep AMD down and out!

On the HPC/Server front Intel and Nvidia are at each others throats, but with laptop OEMs the contra revenue types of schemes form both Intel/Nvidia try to keep AMD out of the laptop market!

The high tech market is the most corrupt market in the history of civilization, much worse than the corrupt Oil markets of the past. Just look at those VW engineers’ corruption and Intel’s, M$’s, Nvidia’s, and others in the technology market’s corruption! Look at the tractor makers DRM their farm products so the farmer’s can’t even repair their own tractors, or M$’s windows 10 nefarious personal data slurping and UEFI/BIOS antics to try and Keep alternative OSs down and out! Look at Intel’s little slap on the hand for what Intel did to AMD’s products with the Laptop/PC OEMs, and Intel is still at the very same thing. The Mobile devices OEMs sure did not want Intel’s hooks into their market and have kept Intel on the outside in spite of billions in Intel Contra revenue/DE Facto brown envelope style attempts to buy Intel’s way into mobile. Now Intel will try to buy it’s way into VR along with Nvidia to overcharge in that market also!

The Technology market is so full of crooks with hooks and racketeers that it could be called the industry noir of this very corrupt age of the neo-monopolies. Just you bend over at take it all you PC/laptop users because the Fix is in! The big interests are trying there damned best to consoleize the entire PC/Laptop market!

September 12, 2016 | 03:06 PM - Posted by Loki (not verified)

Might be a silly question but why not buy a laptop with a 10x0 gpu?

If you want you can also get an external laptop battery pack for more run-time on batteries.

September 12, 2016 | 03:39 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

because then you don't get something "deisgned with an armer pack, a futuristic robot machine style", obviously!

If you build it we would love to see the pics though.

September 15, 2016 | 12:17 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Getting a gaming laptop into a backpack without having thermal issues would be one reason. It would be possibly to build your own, but it would also probably take quite a bit of work to get it right. I would hope this device will at least blow the hot air away from the user. This is still a super niche market though. It is mostly limited to people who already have a Vive and a PC capable of powering it, but want even more mobility.

September 12, 2016 | 03:28 PM - Posted by Anonymously Anonymous (not verified)

Upgradeability of cpu/gpu? probably not

....or any of the internal components? maybe hdd/ssd, ram probably not

This approach actually seems very interesting. Leaving upgradeability of internals out of it, the only thing I can see making this better is to have some type of extra batter packs you can strap on your belt, or as holster style on your hips, something like that. And I'm talking extended batteries.

September 12, 2016 | 03:39 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Good questions, to which we do not have answers ... yet.

September 12, 2016 | 06:21 PM - Posted by Fasic (not verified)

Linus back pack mini project? xD

September 12, 2016 | 07:52 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)


September 12, 2016 | 11:21 PM - Posted by quest4glory

We are going to look back on these days in a few years and laugh, and laugh, and laugh.

September 13, 2016 | 06:23 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

While technically Oculus compatible (as in you can plug it in and it will work just fine) it would not be suitable for use with the Constellation tracking cameras, as those require a USB3 connection to he host machine, defeating the point of an untethered backpack. Use of an alternative tracking system (e.g. magnetic tracking) would be required.

September 15, 2016 | 12:10 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I don't think oculus can really do room scale anyway, at least not without a camera system upgrade. I have wondered whether they may do an Xbox Scorpio tie-in and use a Kinect camera for tracking. A much smarter tracking camera could reduce the amount of information that needs to be sent to the host computer. Sending video to the host is not a very good solution. Making use of an updated Kinect would give them a higher volume smart camera option than making their own proprietary system.

September 15, 2016 | 10:32 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

It has been demonstrated repeatedly that the Oculus Rift does room scale fine with 2 cameras. If you set it up the same way as the basestations with a Vive (ie, diagonally) then they have identical performance. As has been confirmed by numerous devs like the team behind Fantastic Contraption (which FYI is a pretty awesome Vive launch title).

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