While the term wireless is not new, for years, talk of wearables and perhaps for some people start hackneyed seraglio. But what if there was still much to invent in both directions? And what if it sentimentalists so fashionable with virtual reality? It may be what MSI try to achieve with the Backpack PC, which could test at Computex 2016 in Taipei.
The ingredients promise at least a different experience: a virtual reality glasses, headphones, controls and necessary to move everything behind us. All you need is a clear area, free time and desire to immerse themselves in what amounts to the VR experience with added caution forget when not step on or stumble with cables. Is it worthwhile to bring the PC back?
Appearances are deceptive, for good
We never seem to have enough power to move video games and computers whose function is to run have as a basic requirement riding the best in hardware, especially talking about VR. This involves teams with powerful graphics cards and ventilation systems that are not usually precisely small pieces, and this is a first challenge that MSI has seemed to get away since been made compact in the backpack you need to run an Intel Core i7 Skylake and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 (and thus far have wanted to read).
Is it such a compact as a laptop PC? No, far from it, but considering the size of a tower for gaming and what occupies the backpack is a good first design. There is much variability in the size of the towers and laptops, but failing to take measures confirmed by company size is rather like a barebones shaped box wall, with a handle for easy transport and not you’re going to cheat, it seems ostentatious a priori.
Thus, at the top of the connections on the top edge are located, and these are four USB ports, an HDMI port and audio. The purpose is that the cables, which sometimes pose as the great enemies of a good experience, go as directly as possible to the peripherals required for the VR experience to the computer.
All meat on the grill without heat note
Accomplished this relatively compact design contributes to immersion in the reality of the game? We recognize that after seeing the “face to face” the device assailed our mind doubts about whether this was going to be comfortable, considering its straight surfaces and the fact that the weight could assume its main drawback. But the truth is that in our experience we felt lighter than thought and proved to be quite comfortable.
That is, obviously not like playing like that, but 5 kg in practice do not constitute a penalty when playing, nor is the contact surface with the back. Another aspect that we perceive during the time we were playing was the heat generated by these teams despite ventilation mechanisms. That’s right: we talk about short games and one game (quite simple, the Space Pirate Trainer), so both these sensations are subject in practice to something longer and more complex games sessions.
As does autonomy within the little that MSI has this project speaks of a battery with a range of between 1-1.5 hours. It is not too encouraging sign; although depending on how the sessions (in duration and breaks) arise this may not be the main handicap in experience.
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What passed in the absence of the final exam?
Look to PC MSI with Backpack is, as mentioned, the elimination of wires in the VR game. This is quite achieved the level of our mobility, since we could turn on our own axis without problems or move in the space dedicated to the demonstration without further problems not pose “a threat” for attendees who swarmed towards our safety and the devices.
Nor bother the cables have to be yes or yes (since the VR devices still require them). The backpack is compatible with any set VR and there tried with HTC Vive and gamepad, and both require a physical connection time. But take them behind us (at the height of the roughly shoulders) makes no Liem us with them and that in practice neither remember.
Another point that is not seen in the test but that turns out to be advantageous is the fact that you can access the wireless settings -now way himself. Asked if the adjustment parameters of the backpack were necessary to connect a monitor and were told just our smartphone to access the settings.
Thus, he is a product development stage we do not know the price, but apparently we will see in the market in the second half of this year. The first feeling was good in terms of the physical (weight, comfort and temperature) and with regard to software, because the game ran perfectly without slowdowns, stoppages or other sign of poor execution. Does this have a clear niche? MSI hope you have it, although they have not been specific about the potential audience. We will see in a few months with the final release.Tags: Computer, Play MSI Backpack