So far in 2022, the focus has been on lightweight portable games. We’ve seen the successful launch and continued support of Valve’s Steam Deck (opens in new tab) as well as some nice looking little gaming laptops announced. Streaming games have also received a lot of attention (opens in new tab) to make gaming on the go even easier, regardless of your hardware.
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Zotac is usually known for its graphics cards, mini PCs and of course turning PCs into VR backpacks. It definitely made sense with efforts like its previous VR backpack (opens in new tab), especially before wireless virtual reality really took off. But in this year of portable PC gaming, aka 2022, it seems like an odd choice. Still, the Madlads have nailed it once again, but there are some interesting hardware changes.
As HotHardware (opens in new tab) Details, the new Zotac VR Go 4.0 (opens in new tab) houses a previous generation Intel Core i7-11800H CPU paired with the interesting choice of an RTX A4500. This is a workstation-level GPU with 20GB of GDDR6 memory. It’s something developers, engineers, and other designers are looking for more than gamers.
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The backpack PC is equipped with 16 GB DDR4 RAM and a 512 GB M.2 SSD that can be expanded. There are also plenty of ports, including a memory card reader, which suggests a portable workstation rather than necessarily screaming a VR gaming machine.
There are two 6,000 mAh batteries for power supply, which can be swapped out during operation. They should give a total of about 50 minutes of playing time. That’s not much, but you can always pack a few extras for long-haul trips. However, this will add even more to the price of what we already expect to be a fairly expensive kit.
This is a super niche machine. It boasts of bringing high-end quality PC Virtual Reality to a more portable machine. Given things like the Oculus Quest 2 (opens in new tab)Existing and doing a great job, that’s already a pretty niche market for Zotac to target. Add the weird specs to the package and this is definitely one of the weirder pre-built backpack PCs we’ve seen.
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