Zotac's new VR backpack PC boasts impressive specifications
Zotac's new backpack PC is supposed to combine the freedom of mobile VR with the graphics power of stationary computers.
Before standalone headsets and wireless VR streaming became the new standard, backpack PCs were the best way to experience wireless freedom of movement in virtual reality. PC company Zotac continues to see a market for the unusual accessory.
Zotac VR Go 4.0 offers really a lot of performance
Zotac's latest backpack PC, Zotac VR Go 4.0, comes with an Intel Core i7-11800H CPU and with Nvidia's professional RTX A4500 graphics card equipped with 20 GB of GDDR6 memory. In addition, the backpack features 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and an expandable 512 GB M.2 SSD.
So much portable power consumes a decent amount of energy: The backpack is equipped with two 6,000 mAh batteries as standard, which can be replaced during operation. This should allow the Backpack PC to last up to 50 minutes. There are numerous ports, including a memory card reader.
Backpack PC for professional users
The specifications reveal the target audience: Zotac is likely to market the backpack PC primarily to development studios, professional users, for example in the field of 3D design, or VR arcades that need a lot of computing power for particularly elaborate VR experiences. Even though the trailer is aimed at gamers and combines the backpack with Quest 2 headsets.
Backpack PCs also come in handy when a wireless setup becomes too complicated, for example, because of the portability of the entire setup, for safety and stability reasons, or when many users want to enter a VR world at the same time. The extraordinary, shrinkland VR experience at Hamburg's Miniatur Wunderland, for example, relies on backpack PCs.
Zotac mentions VR arcades, architecture, education or game development as possible application scenarios on its website. The price is available upon request and tied to the number of units. However, measured against the prices of the less powerful predecessor models and the Pro hardware, $2,000 and more could be on the price tag.