If you’ve just returned from your Christmas break with a massive VR ready rig in tow, you’ll appreciate the struggles of transporting VR. Asus thinks it might have an answer that doesn’t come in Notebook form.
VivoPC X is a new PC from the Taiwanese company, revealed by The Verge. With 8GB of RAM, an Intel i5 processor, 512GB of storage and an Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU, it’s not the most advanced VR ready PC. But at under 5 pounds it might be one of the lightest, and for $799 it’s one of the cheaper options too. Four USB 3.1 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, two HDMI ports and an Nvidia Gsync DisplayPort give you plenty of space for all the cables your Rift sensors need. Side vents and a heat pipe are included to try and stop overheating in the confined space.
While far from groundbreaking, the VivoPC X might be worth considering for those that are constantly moving their VR systems to and fro. If you regularly find yourself moving from bedrooms to living rooms depending on who’s playing, or taking your tech round to show friends, then this PC is aimed squarely at you. Still, with VR ready notebooks already a thing, we question if this rig is really necessary for those that have to have their Rift or Vive on the go. Either that or you could save your back a lot of pain and get a mobile headset.
Asus is planning to launch the PC in March.
This isn’t all we’re hoping to see from Asus on the VR front this week. The company is hosting its CES press conference tomorrow at 11:30am PT where we could see more. Asus is one of a handful of tech companies partnering with Microsoft to release Windows Holographic VR headsets this year, and we already saw the first one from Lenovo earlier today. Could the company’s offering be revealed tomorrow? We’ll be sure to bring you the latest.