After the announcement last year about HP’s Virtual Reality Headset, HP have been busy working hard to design a newcomer in the most interesting PC niche – “the backpack computer”. Due to being a product in the VR computing movement, the backpack computer will provide all the power which is needed to drive high-quality VR Headsets like Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality although it has the form factor which will allow the users to roam about untethered. HP Z VR Backpackis rather different from the rest as it has been specifically designed as a workstation.
Features of the HP Z VR Backpack
Backpack when worn, Compact PC when docked
Windows 10 Pro 64
Intel® Core™ i7-7820HQ
256GB up to 1TB
NVIDIA® Quadro® P5200
It is the first time which a mobile workstation-class graphics card has been used in for a VR backpack to date. The whole backpack weighs approximately 10Ibs and the GPUs capabilities will allow it to run complex simulations and power top-end VR experiences are all delivered with a cordless performance due to the built-in battery.
At first glance the Z VR Backpack looks pretty much the same as the Omen, however the Z VR is solid black – HP have ditched the red highlights and the odd logo which made the other look gamery. As you might expect it is going to be expensive with the starting price at approximately £2,445.45 ($ 3,299). The backpack will also be shipped with a dock which lets it turn into something resembling a desktop PC.
So far, VR has been mainly focused on gaming, HP are chancing that businesses will be a bigger opportunity.
The Z VR is also expected be useful in many businesses for employee training, for example; Telemedicine, Engineering and design, Truck drivers, Astronauts and some Military applications. Currently it is still going to be quite niche but over time, HP is hoping for this niche market to expand as VR starts to become more popular across industries
To conclude, HP are planning on opening 13 VR “immersion centres” where businesses and consumers can go along to experience the hardware and the different ways which it can be put to use. HP will be opening immersion centres in Palo Alto, Houston, Boise, Fort Collins, Stockholm, London, Paris, Barcelona, Boeblingen, Beijing, Sydney, Tokyo and Singapore (Five in Europe, Four in America and Four in the Asia-Pacific Region)