Virtual Reality is the new viral technology. The speed at which the tech has been developing over the past couple of years, and the way it has come to form an important part of the round-the-corner future, is unprecedented. However, one of the things pulling the tech back from going mainstream is the need for a lot of processing power — which is usually housed inside big and bulky computers. Well, at the CES 2017, Asus has sought to address the issue with its VivoPC X.
VR really is fantastic. And it can take your gaming to a whole new level. By whole new, I mean sitting-in-a-plane-cockpit, shooting-down-enemy-jets level. However, no one wants to tote around heavy PCs upon their backs. And PCs in general, tend to be pretty heavy if you expect them to be able to process virtual reality for you. However, Asus’s VivoPC X seems to be a beautiful, blessed exception to the rule.
The VivoPC X is powered by Intel’s cool new Core i5 Kaby Lake processor. The processors, which were launched late last year, feature a highly refined architecture that enables them to take up seriously heavy loads without a sigh. Also packed is an Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics card along with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage. If you have any sort of an interest in computers, you will notice that Asus has kept things to the premium in as much as was possible. The SSD storage, plenty of RAM and to spare and finally, the state of the art processors should together let the machine handle basic VR without a hitch.
Asus has also taken care of possible heating issues by including side vents for ample air circulation. However, that is not all and the company has also integrated a special heat pipe into the VivoPC X. The purpose of the pipe is to nsure that Intel’s precious processors stay safe even during periods of heavy load.
The only place where the company appears to have held back somewhat, is the graphics card. While Nvidia’s GTX 1060 can take some good old VR, it is not the best available. The GTX 1070 or the 1080 both offer significant advantages over the 1060. However, due to considerations that I am sure were important, Asus has refrained from including the higher-end graphic cards into the VivoPC X.
However, the best thing about Asus’s latest offering is its size. The device weighs under 5 pounds and as such, should pose no problem should you decide to indulge in some VR gameplay that requires you to move around a bit. The device comes equipped with four USB 3.1 and two USB 2.0 ports for VR accessories and controllers. The company has also included a couple of HDMI ports and a Display Port for Nvidia G-Sync displays.
The system will be available for sale come march, and will ship with a $799 price tag.