Zotac has officially announced an upgraded body-worn virtual reality gaming system, the Zotac VR Go, boasting an Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card in a battery-powered desktop-like form factor.
The recent explosion of interest in room-scale virtual reality, powered by devices like HTC's Vive and Oculus VR's Rift headsets, has resulted in dissatisfaction with the cabling required to connect the user's headset to the driving computer system. Some companies are working on wireless solutions to the problem, while others have opted for a more brute-force approach: building a gaming PC you wear on your back, powered by batteries.
Zotac's VR Go is just one such system. 'The VR GO is an exciting innovation for everyone to finally enjoy VR the way it is meant to be experienced,
' claimed Tony Wong, Zotac's chief executive officer, at the launch announcement. 'We want to provide the best of both worlds to our users: powerful VR in high resolution and fast framerates while enjoying true mobility in a compact, wearable form. The VR Go is the best way to VR.
Each VR Go rig comes in a console-like compact desktop chassis featuring an Intel Core i7-6700T processor, 16GB of RAM, a 240GB M.2 SATA SSD, and dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070. During VR usage, the chassis docks into a padded backpack rig, secured over the user's shoulders and around the waist, while two batteries provide up to two hours of usage per charge. Should gamers, quite reasonably, wish to spend longer than two hours in virtual reality, the batteries are hot-swappable - meaning you can purchase additional batteries, keep them charged, and swap them over during play without the need to shut down the system.
According to Zotac, the VR Go has enjoyed a range of improvements since it was first unveiled at Computex earlier this year. In particular, the harness is now more comfortable and the heat is exhausted away from the user with dedicated air channels on the back support allowing the user's skin to breathe and stay cool.
Pricing and availability for the VR Go have yet to be confirmed, with more information available on the company's official product page