HP is taking VR gaming to new heights with the HP VR Backpack G2. VR games have long revolutionized the gaming landscape with fully immersive environments and realistic graphics. But what are VR games without the machines that you run it on? With the HP VR Backpack G2, VR games are elevated and the boundaries of VR gaming are further pushed thanks to its impressive specs and innovative features.
We first saw these HP VR backpacks back in 2016. It was then called the HP Omen X Compact Desktop and was released to mixed reviews — which was understandable since it was the first of its kind. The HP Omen X’s steep price and complicated setup also deterred a lot of avid VR gamers from buying it back then.
As the latest iteration, the HP VR Backpack G2 is designed to run today’s roster of immersive VR games and more. HP updated the VR Backpack by supporting and improving the inside-out tracking technology that comes with most VR headsets — allowing players to easily transform their environment into their own VR playground.
They’ve also upgraded the device’s specs with impressive hardware — which is why some call it the one gadget that provides true VR freedom. For starters, the HP VR Backpack G2 comes with an 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and up to 1TB of internal storage. The graphics are brought to you by NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2080 that’s packed with 8GB of GDDR6 dedicated memory ?— allowing you to play HD and 4k games with ease. It’s also equipped with 1TB of SSD storage to address your storage needs.
When you buy the HP VR Backpack G2, you get these things in the package: the HP VR Backpack G2, an HP Z VR Backpack battery charger, a dock, a harness, an external battery, and two power adapters. Another fun tidbit about the HP VR Backpack G2 is that it’s ENERGY STAR certified and has EPEAT registered configurations ?— making it energy efficient and perfect for gamers who are particular with their utility bills.
HP claims that the HP VR Backpack G2 is the world’s most compact commercial VR desktop. Since it comes with a dock, users can easily transform the HP VR Backpack G2 into a desktop by setting it up on its dock and connecting it with a mouse, keyboard, and display.
The HP VR Backpack G2 is also significantly less cumbersome compared to its predecessors, even though there’s not much difference with the weight. This is because the placement of the VR backpack’s external batteries has been strategically distributed with the placement of the harness in mind.
However, the HP VR Backpack G2 doesn’t come with its own VR headset. On the bright side, the VR Backpack was designed to be platform agnostic from the start, so it can support other VR headsets like Fove or Oculus Rift. But you’ll get the most out of the HP VR Backpack G2 if you pair it with HP’s Reverb. If you’re a sucker for the latest gadgets it might be in your best interest to wait for HP’s latest VR headset called the Reverb G2 which will be out in autumn 2020.
As a hardcore VR enthusiast, you’ll know that nothing compares to the feeling of an untethered VR experience ?— something that the HP VR Backpack G2 provides. Although, this experience comes at a premium as the HP VR Backpack G2 is priced at $3,299 (€2,795).