So far, 2022 has focused on lightweight handheld gaming. We have seen the successful launch and ongoing support of Valve’s Steam Deck (opens in new tab) as well as some lovely advertised gaming laptops. Streaming games have also received a lot of attention (opens in new tab) to make gaming even easier on the go, regardless of your hardware.
Then there are even specialized accessories like these cool wearable eyewear screens (opens in new tab) to go with it all. But apparently none of that is enough for PC maker Zotac.
Zotac is generally known for their graphics cards, mini PCs and of course turning PCs into VR backpacks. It definitely made sense with efforts like yours. previous VR backpack (opens in new tab), especially before wireless Virtual Reality was actually able to take off. But in this, the year of portable PC gaming, otherwise known as 2022, seems like an odd choice. Still, the freaks have done it yet again, but there are some interesting changes to the hardware.
As HotHardware (opens in new tab) details, the new Zotac VR Go 4.0 (opens in new tab) houses a previous generation Intel Core i7-11800H CPU paired with the interesting choice of an RTX A4500. This is a workstation-grade GPU with 20GB of GDDR6 memory. This is something you would likely see developers, engineers, and other designers later, rather than gamers.
The backpack PC comes with 16GB of DDR4 RAM and an expandable 512GB M.2 SSD. There are also plenty of ports, including a memory card reader, which points even more towards a portable workstation than it necessarily screams a VR gaming machine.
To power this, there are two hot-swappable 6,000mAh batteries. They say they give about 50 minutes of total game time. That’s not much, but you can always pack a few extras for long-haul trips. Although this raises the price even more for what we already expect to be a pretty expensive kit.
This is a super niche machine. It prides itself on bringing high-quality PC Virtual Reality to a more portable machine. Given things like the Oculus Quest 2 (opens in new tab)exist and they do an excellent job, this is already a very targeted market niche by Zotac. Add the weird specs to the package and this is definitely one of the weirdest pre-built backpack PCs we’ve seen.