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MSI VR One
The VR One shares the red-and-black colour scheme of MSI's gaming notebooks

Gaming notebook-maker MSI has launched a VR backpack available for general sale at this year’s Tokyo Game Show.

The VR One has been optimised for the HTC Vive headset but also works with others. It’s powered by an overclocked CPU and a GeForce GTX 10 graphics card. Perhaps more importantly, the backpack comes with two hot-swap battery packs, which MSI says will deliver more than 1.5 hours of play, in a package that weighs only 3.7kg.

MSI VR One
VR One is optimised for the HTC Vive, but it will work with other headsets such as the Oculus Rift

In a chassis rocking the Taiwanese tech brand’s signature red and black colour tones, there’s an HDMI port, mini DisplayPort and an ultra-speed Thunderbolt 3 by Type-C port that supports dual 2K displays per eye. MSI claims the ports support output over 90fps for any high-level VR device. Additionally, there are four USB 3.0 ports.

The user experience can be fine-tuned through MSI Dragon Centre, a software accessible through a VR headset or smartphone app. It lets you do everything from adjusting fan speed to monitoring gaming performance.

MSI VR One
Dragon Centre lets you monitor and adjust the VR One from a VR headset or smartphone

VR One isn’t the first VR backpack we’ve seen this year. Since May, HP, Alienware and Schenker Technologies have all showcased prototype spine-attached models – but MSI is the first to demonstrate a retail-ready offering.

The company has made a name for itself in the gaming notebook space. After the launch of its VR-friendly GE72VR Apache Pro, which we looked at last week, the VR One represents a stronger foray into virtual reality for MSI.

We’ve yet to receive word on availability or pricing, but with these kind of specs it’s safe to assume the VR One will not be cheap.

MSI VR One
With its high-end specs, numerous ports and relatively slim package, don’t expect the VR One to be cheap

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