Virtual reality headsets are all the rage these days. However, the proper headsets require you to be tethered to a PC. You may have a very powerful desktop that can easily run VR experiences but it’s not mobile so you can’t take it anywhere with you. That’s why OEMs came out with backpack PCs powerful enough to support VR headsets. HP’s VR backpack is finally shipping this week.
HP unveiled the Omen X Compact backpack PC back in June this year. It initially said that the machine will be released in July but that obviously didn’t happen. Those who wanted one are still waiting to get their hands on one.
HP expects to start shipping its VR backpack PC to customers on October 10th. It’s not exactly a cheap product. HP is asking $2,500 for the Omen X but it does get you a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor coupled with a GTX 1080 graphics card.
That’s not all, though. The backpack portion costs $500 and while it was expected to start shipping October 13th, it’s mentioned as out of stock for now. Until and unless customers get that with their PC, they’ll have to hook up their VR headset in the conventional way.
Hopefully, it won’t take HP too long to meet demand and these supply issues will be sorted out soon.