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HP to ship its Omen X VR backpack PC in June

HP will make a major virtual reality push in June, when it will start shipping its Omen X VR backpack PC.

The backpack PC has already been announced, but the company until now had not provided a shipping date. HP is accepting applications from gamers and commercial developers to test the product.

There will be two types of Omen X backpack PCs, Ron Coughlin, president of the Personal Systems Business at HP, said in an interview. HP will release a VR backpack for gamers, and one for commercial customers, he said.

Users will be able to carry the PC like a backpack and hook up a VR headset like HTC’s Vive. Wearing the backpack PC allows users to move around freely.

Headsets like the Vive and Oculus Rift usually need to be wired to a desktop PC with powerful GPUs, which limits movement.

The Omen X VR backpack PC weighs about 10 pounds, or 4.5 kilograms. A belt carries two batteries, and they provide about an hour of VR use on a headset. The batteries can be hot-swapped, which allows the VR experience to continue without shutting the PC down.

The PC also has two USB Type-C, two USB 3.0 ports, and one HDMI port.

HP announced the VR backpack PC last year, and since then, the response has been tremendous, Coughlin said.

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