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MSI is making a VR-enabled backpack PC (and it makes me want to bust ghosts)

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If there’s one limitation to the current implementation of Virtual Reality, it’s the fact that everything is cabled. When you’re perpetually tethered to the real world, despite moving around in a virtual one, there is bound to be an accident (or two!) – and tripping over a cable you can’t see is bound to ruin the immersion.

Gaming hardware purveyor MSI is betting big on Virtual Reality in the near future, unveiling all manner of VR-capable laptops, pre-built desktops and other machines capable of thrusting you in to digital worlds – but one particular product in their soon-to-be unveiled line-up caught my attention.

They’re stuffing VR capable components in to a backpack. There’s little information on the thing, but presumably it packs in a decent battery so there’re no cables tethering you to a wall – with just the VR headset needing to be plugged in.

Says the press release:

BackpackBackpack PC: Enjoy Virtual Reality Without Limits

Fueled by Intel extreme Core i7 processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX980 graphics card, the MSI Backpack PC guarantees new levels of performance and capabilities. Forget VR’s limited movement and wires problems, MSI Backpack PC enables gamers to move naturally without restraints, benefitting gamers to get full immersion in the exhilarating world of virtual reality.

 

We have no idea how heavy the thing is or exactly how mobile it is, but none of that maters, because it’s made me want to play a VR Ghostbusters game, and whoever is behind it is either completely bonkers, or a damned genius. We’ll hopefully find out about this, and more of MSI’s new VR range at Computex, which kicks off next week.

 

 

Last Updated: May 24, 2016

50 Comments

  1. Pariah

    May 24, 2016 at 10:01

    Honestly, wtf?

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  2. Kromas GG

    May 24, 2016 at 10:02

    Bustin makes me feel good!

    Reply

  3. Alien Emperor Trevor

    May 24, 2016 at 10:03

    LOL. GITS.

    Reply

  4. Pariah

    May 24, 2016 at 10:03

    And what if said gamer gets a small case of imbalance, falls on their back, and breaks the damn thing? Egronomically it also makes no sense at all. I mean seriously, first you’re contending with seeing a world that doesn’t match your actual surroundings (banging your shin would really suck while running through an open field), but now you’ve got the weight on your back adding to the realisation that what you’re seeing and what’s really there are completely apart from each other.

    This is so dumb on so many levels.

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      May 24, 2016 at 10:04

      Well it is VR-related.

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      • Pariah

        May 24, 2016 at 10:05

        Yes, but that doesn’t excuse it. Dumb + even more dumb is not a smart solution. You’d think that was obvious to these people.

        Reply

  5. HvR

    May 24, 2016 at 10:07

    Think this officially makes hiking more appealing than VR gaming,

    Reply

  6. Admiral Chief Protector

    May 24, 2016 at 10:10

    BWHAHAHAHA WUT?????

    Reply

  7. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    May 24, 2016 at 10:10

    Now there’s no wires stopping you from walking down a flight of stairs or outside into traffic

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    • Pariah

      May 24, 2016 at 10:11

      I hope the latter.

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      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        May 24, 2016 at 10:12

        They can play the VR version of surgeon simulator on the way to the hospital XD

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        • Pariah

          May 24, 2016 at 10:13

          That’s genius. Then they won’t understand why it hurts so much all of a sudden. Ah to see their faces. Well, the parts not covered in VR masks.

          Reply

  8. Original Heretic

    May 24, 2016 at 10:11

    Bwahahahahaha! Wonder how many people are going to run into walls or jump down from the 2nd story? “I don’t need no stinking stairs! I’m an epic hero, I can take the knock to my health!”

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    • Greylingad[He Charges!]

      May 24, 2016 at 10:13

      Fall damuuurgh?

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      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        May 24, 2016 at 10:15

        Try to land on your back, the machine will break your fall and whatever you land on

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        • Greylingad[He Charges!]

          May 24, 2016 at 10:18

          With the price of that machine a parachute will be cheaper!

          Reply

    • HvR

      May 24, 2016 at 10:16

      • Pariah

        May 24, 2016 at 10:16

        LOOOOOOOOL

        Reply

      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        May 24, 2016 at 10:17

        XD

        Reply

  9. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    May 24, 2016 at 10:14

    I always wanted to be a ghostbuster, but after seeing the new movie trailer people will make fun of me

    Reply

    • Pariah

      May 24, 2016 at 10:15

      Why? Those girls are practically guys, after all.

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        May 24, 2016 at 10:16

        That’s the least of the movies problems

        Reply

        • Pariah

          May 24, 2016 at 10:16

          I know. 😀

          Reply

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            May 24, 2016 at 10:17

            This was awesome

          • Pariah

            May 24, 2016 at 10:21

            “At least he didn’t live to see this shit”.

            Lol’ed!

          • Greylingad[He Charges!]

            May 24, 2016 at 10:27

            HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! This guy knows!

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            May 24, 2016 at 10:27

            You should watch his AVGN episodes, hilarious

          • Greylingad[He Charges!]

            May 24, 2016 at 10:32

            I have to man, this is exactly what is wrong with almost every single piece of every industry, a simple example is the piggy backing on the Tom Clancy name with two games that are not even related, not even by the slightest measure of an adopted child, to the style or focus of a Tom Clancy styled novel or book, then we have these enormous F*Ups for rehashed titles… The only title in the last two years that was honourably resurrected was that of Mad Max and before that was The Dark Knight and only because of one Heath Ledgers’ stellar performance in said film…

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            May 24, 2016 at 10:34

            I really,really like Judge Dredd with Karl Urban. Probably the movie I’ve watched the second most

          • Greylingad[He Charges!]

            May 24, 2016 at 10:36

            Oh shit! I forgot about that one actually! Definitely!

      • Greylingad[He Charges!]

        May 24, 2016 at 10:17

        Yoh!

        Reply

    • Admiral Chief Protector

      May 24, 2016 at 10:15

      Send them my way, nobody makes fun of Hammersteyn!

      Reply

  10. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    May 24, 2016 at 10:24

  11. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    May 24, 2016 at 10:24

  12. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    May 24, 2016 at 10:26

    • Greylingad[He Charges!]

      May 24, 2016 at 10:33

      Am I a sadist for watching this? I don’t know anymore, but it’s hilarious!

      Reply

      • Captain JJ bound

        May 24, 2016 at 10:34

        *rewatching and rewatching

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        • Greylingad[He Charges!]

          May 24, 2016 at 10:35

          HAHAHAHA!!! EXACTLY!!!

          Reply

        • Pariah

          May 24, 2016 at 10:35

          Sorry? I didn’t quite catch that the first ti… Oof.

          Sorry? I didn’t quite ca… Wait………………. Oof.

          Reply

          • Greylingad[He Charges!]

            May 24, 2016 at 10:36

            Wait, what is tha….Ooof….

      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        May 24, 2016 at 10:40

        Misery loves company, I’m loving it

        Reply

    • Strawman Jim

      May 24, 2016 at 11:09

      This is the gif of the month! Hahaha!

      Reply

  13. Captain JJ bound

    May 24, 2016 at 10:32

    So we’ve gotten to the point where we strap pc’s to our backs. Seriously?

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    • Admiral Chief Protector

      May 24, 2016 at 10:33

      What is this “we” you are talking about.

      Surely this is for “those” people

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      • Captain JJ bound

        May 24, 2016 at 10:33

        It’s humanity. The only person who is lucky enough to not be a part of that is Trevor.

        Reply

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          May 24, 2016 at 10:36

          Reply

          • Captain JJ bound

            May 24, 2016 at 10:40

            Stop making me refresh!

          • Captain JJ bound

            May 24, 2016 at 10:41

            It was worth the refresh.
            Well played

  14. Strawman Jim

    May 24, 2016 at 10:54

    But will it feature the real ghostbusters or the fake feminist ones?

    Reply

  15. iusedtobe(a)regular

    May 24, 2016 at 11:53

    Cant be worse than what I have seen from the new Ghost Busters movie.

    Reply

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