Windows Ventures Into VR, Inexpensive 2-in-1s at Computex 2016
Computex 2016, the major computer trade show that takes place each year in Taiwan, is currently underway. And as usual, there is no shortage of PCs powered by Microsoft's Windows operating system.
This year, it's Windows 10's turn in the spotlight, since the OS launched well after last year's expo closed up shop. Microsoft and its hardware partners are banking on the OS to usher in new virtual reality experiences, inexpensive 2-in-1 PCs and new Windows tablets that rival Microsoft's own standard-setting Surface Pro devices.
HP and MSI and made some of the most audacious announcements, revealing their backpack PCs for VR gaming, the HP Omen X and MSI Backpack PC (pictured), respectively. Both models are aimed at enabling their wearers to explore virtual worlds without tripping over their visor cords. Details are scant, except for the fact that MSI's hardware will be powered by Intel Extreme Edition Core i7 processors and a GeForce GTX980 graphics card from Nvidia. Expect the companies to shed more light on their hardware as enthusiasts seek out systems that are compatible with VR headsets like the Oculus Rift.
For those early adopters looking for a more traditional form factor in their VR-capable PCs, MSI unveiled two new laptops, the GT83 Titan SLI and GT73 Titan SLI.
Microsoft's hardware partners head to Computex 2016 in Taiwan to show off their latest Windows-powered PCs.
The GT83 Titan SLI contains an Nvidia GeForce GTX980 SLI graphics subsystem, enabling the hardware to display 4K surround modes. It will cost $4,500 when it goes on sale in August. Also scheduled to go on sale this August is the GT73 with a GTX980M SLI GPU for $2,500.