We cut the cords on our phones, cable boxes and headphones — so why not do the same for our virtual-reality headsets? Until recently, if you wanted to use the HTC Vive, you had to be tethered to a PC. But MSI has stepped in to remedy that problem by introducing the MSI VR One (starting at $1,999; reviewed at $2,299), a backpack that’s essentially a gaming PC without the backbreaking weight. With the headset plugged into the backpack and all the wires neatly tucked out of the way, the VR One delivers an absolutely liberating VR experience.
However, with Intel, Google, Microsoft and Oculus working on powerful mobile VR headsets that are just as, if not more, powerful than the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift, the MSI VR One’s days could be numbered.
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