HP's Omen X Is A Gaming PC Backpack For VR Headsets

Got a shiny new Oculus Rift or HTC Vive? Then you need a powerful gaming-ready computer that can run your VR headset's demanding high-res, high-refresh displays. But there's a problem — your big, bulky PC isn't exactly portable, and VR requires cables. Enter HP's new concept Omen X, a gaming PC stuffed into a laptopesque form factor, moulded to wear as a backpack, and fitted with hot-swappable batteries.

Teased just after HP introduced its new Omen gaming brand, complete with desktop, laptops and high-end monitor, the Omen X is a concept, but it looks like one that's already extremely close to becoming a reality. It certainly looks the part — I'd be happy to wear it plus a VR headset, as long as I also had a Ghostbusters vacuum close to hand.

Reports around the 'net say the Omen X will be fitted with hardcore specs — a high-end Intel Core i7 CPU, DDR4 RAM and fast M.2 solid-state drives — but there's no confirmed word on what the internal graphics card — the secret sauce for gaming and virtual reality rendering — might be. With the Omen X's skinny form factor, it's likely to be a laptop-grade GPU, and in the current generation that would mean something like the GeForce GTX 980M, roughly as powerful as a desktop-grade GTX 970.

According to The Verge, the Omen X design team is targeting a weight of about 4.5 kilograms, making it just about as heavy as a gutsy 17-inch gaming laptop. Its X factor is a pair of removable batteries in the waist belt which power CPU and GPU processing, with a third battery in the device itself functioning as a backup letting you hot-swap extras in and stay connected to your VR world.

But it's the concept's overall portability that is its massive selling point. Imagine slinging this across your shoulders, pulling a HTC Vive over your eyes, putting on some noise-cancelling headphones and being properly wireless within a room-scale virtual reality world. HP says it'll be showing it off within the next month, so expect to see it turn up either at Computex 2016 or E3 a few weeks after. [CNET / The Verge]

Originally posted on Gizmodo.


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    That's all well and good, but what's the battery life going to be? Top of the line gaming laptop's do 1.5 - 2 hours. Also, that thing is going to get hot strapped to your back.

      90 minutes is what I saw from another news outlet.

    Hmm, if they design it for function over form, I could see this working. The concept is sound. Make sure the heat comes out the sides or away from you, there's no keyboard or screen so it wouldn't have to go out the bottom like a laptop. If they design the straps properly then they can get away with another couple of kilos easy and put a battery of batteries in there.

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