MSI’s answer to the problem of tethered VR experiences is set to reach our shores by the end of this year. The MSI VR One is a VR gaming backpack that mounts an entire desktop computer on a wearable harness to give players maximum mobility for VR gaming.
The MSI VR One was originally revealed back at Computex earlier this year, although the design appears to have undergone a facelift since the initial announcement. Now sporting the trademark aggressive red and black pattern, the VR One has also lost quite a bit of bulk since we first saw it.
Inside the gaming backpack is a factory overclocked Intel Core i7-6820HK processor, paired with either a GTX 1060 or GTX 1070. Sadly, that’s as much as MSI will say about the specifications of the VR One; and we haven’t been able to get much else out of the company.
The MSI VR One will be bundled with an additional 90cm HDMI cable, an unspecified number of USB3.0 cables, and also a 12V cable that has been optimised for the HTC VIVE. Additionally, the VR One will ship with an extra battery pack and external four port battery charger.
There’s no bundled VR headset, which means that users are on their own in that regard. We know that HTC has no intention of bringing the Vive headset into Malaysia this year, although there has been no word on what Oculus plans for this side of the world. With any luck, there will be some sort of VR headset announcement before the MSI VR One arrives on the market.
MSI does not have a specific street date as of yet, but has said that it will be available in Malaysia before Christmas. The GTX 1060 variant of the MSI VR One will retail for RM9,999, while the GTX 1070 version will retail for RM11,999.