Wearable technology is getting pretty extreme. Zotac has released the fourth edition of its back-end computer that allows you to run PC VR applications without connecting to your desktop. Instead of having to connect to your desktop computer, you can plug your VR headset into the VR Go 4.0 instead and have VR access anywhere.
Going from the design alone, it’s clearly aimed at a more immersive VR gaming experience. There’s nothing stopping you from buying one for fun, but Zotac says there are practical applications like using it to simulate safety training programs, visualize architectural renderings, and even for therapy and rehabilitation.
It’s certainly not the weirdest thing we’ve seen come out of the emerging world of VR; we’ve already seen a Motorola collar that attaches with lighter VR headsets and funky accessories, like the custom-fit gas mask that can restrict your breathing.
Preparing for Virtual Reality — Zotac has updated the fourth version of the VR Go with new hardware. Inside, there’s an Intel Core i7-11800H and an Nvidia RTX A4500 graphics card, hinting that this is aimed more at designers or creatives than gamers. The VR Go 4.0 comes with 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a 512GB SSD, but you can upgrade both storage and memory.
Zotac says you can get up to 50 minutes of battery life out of the VR Go 4.0 with two hot-swappable 6,000mAh batteries. Having an entire mini PC strapped to your back for nearly an hour sounds tough, but Zotac designed it with sweat-resistant materials and padded stands and straps. The VR Go 4.0 is also slightly recessed from your back to allow for better airflow and thermals.
To make it easy to connect your VR headset, there are top and side-loading I/O ports, which include an HDMI port, two display ports, and a set of USB ports. Of course there is RGB lighting on the outside.
The price of portability — Unfortunately, we don’t know the exact price you have to pay, or the release date, for the VR Go 4.0. Judging by the specs alone, this thing will easily be north of $2,500. A few companies have launched something similar, like HP’s VR Backpack G2 and MSI’s VR One, with prices ranging between $2,000 and $3,000.