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Rise of the VR-ready Backpack PC: Aorus, HP, MSI, ZOTAC

Rise of the VR-ready Backpack PC: Aorus, HP, MSI, ZOTAC

This week both HP and MSI have revealed Backback PCs - computers that act like desktops but fit on your back, preparing you for a full-range, untethered VR experience. It would seem at first as though they would be leading the way - most average citizens have never seen a Backpack PC before, right? But that's just not true - at least three different groups have made the Backpack PC a real, working model before now - but only now are we truly starting to reach a first stride.

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VR goes portable with MSI’s new backpack computer

VR goes portable with MSI’s new backpack computer

Good news, everyone! Now there's a way to finally enjoy virtual reality while one the go! No, I'm not talking about Samsung's phone-based Gear VR, or even using a headset in a really wide, open space — like a warehouse. I mean using a high-end headset, like the Rift or Vive, while it's still tethered to a powerful PC. How is this possible? MSI has a simple solution: just strap the rig to your back!

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HP outs latest Omen desktop gaming PC and 32-inch display

HP outs latest Omen desktop gaming PC and 32-inch display

HP has added a new gaming desktop and a new gaming display to its Omen line. The desktop computer is called the Omen Desktop and it is certified for virtual reality and crams some of the latest NVIDIA graphics cards inside. The Omen desktop can be fitted with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 inside as well as other NVIDIA graphics options.

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HP EliteBook 1030 unveiled with 13hr battery, QHD+ display

HP EliteBook 1030 unveiled with 13hr battery, QHD+ display

HP has taken the wraps off its new EliteBook 1030, an alternative to the EliteBook Folio with a generous battery and display. The laptop will launch sometime this month with a starting price of $1,249 USD, and will bring with it, among other things, a 13.3-inch display with Corning Gorilla Glass, a fanless design, and a 13-hour battery life, making for a solid business laptop.

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Acer VR headset made real: StarVR’s rebirth continues

Acer VR headset made real: StarVR’s rebirth continues

This morning the folks at Starbreeze and Acer announced that they'd joined forces to bring their own virtual reality headset to the world. This headset goes by the name StarVR, and there is a chance that you've heard of it before. Starbreeze Studios revealed this headset in an early iteration at E3 2015 (this June), and now with Acer onboard, they'll have a joint venture ready to design, manufacture, promote, market, and sell the StarVR head-mounted-display (VR headset) "to the professional and location-based entertainment market."

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Zotac ZBOX PI220 and PI221 offer Windows 10 on a stick

Zotac ZBOX PI220 and PI221 offer Windows 10 on a stick

Zotac has a couple of new PCs-on-a-stick, the ZBOX PI220 and the PI221. Both of the sticks look the same, with only minor exceptions, measuring 5.2 x 1.7 x 0.62-inches in size. The big difference between the models is a fan — one has one, and the other doesn’t — with the latter obviously being ideal for low-demand uses in places where you want quiet operation. Both models feature Intel Cherry Trail processors and more.

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PC market needs the “WOW” factor to revitalize buyer’s interest

PC market needs the “WOW” factor to revitalize buyer’s interest

We've all heard the marketing spiels before. "The PC is dead". "This is the device that will replace your PC". Or even "this is the new PC". Whatever the tune, they almost all have the same chorus: replacing the venerable yet perhaps outdated computing devices, otherwise known as desktops and laptops, most of them running Windows versions of ages past. And maybe they're right. Maybe these will indeed replace those PCs. Maybe the sudden surge in popularity of 2-in-1's, detachable, and convertibles are going to save the dying PC market. Or maybe it will only for a short time, because what consumers these days are looking for aren't just PC replacement. Ultimately, they're looking for new, modern experiences.

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Final Fantasy X, X-2 land on Steam in Remastered HD glory

Final Fantasy X, X-2 land on Steam in Remastered HD glory

A couple of years ago, it was near inconceivable that Square Enix would bring its PlayStation exclusive Final Fantasy titles to the PC. Save for Final Fantasy VII and VII, which were practically cult classics. Today, all but one of those single-player JRPGs are available on the Windows platform via Steam. Square Enix has finally launched both Final Fantasy X and its direct sequel X-2 on Steam as a Remastered version. That leaves the relatively less popular Final Fantasy XII out of the Steam party.

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AOC, Jide partner to put out the first Remix All-in-One PC

AOC, Jide partner to put out the first Remix All-in-One PC

Android was initially developed for smartphones and, in fact, it took quite some time before Google even acknowledged and officially supported tablets. Now it is found almost everywhere, from watches to TVs to cars and even in some places you'd least expect. Ironically, Android is noticeably missing in the PC market, a situation that Jide is trying to fix with its Remix OS. Partnering with display maker AOC, the two companies have banded together to launch what is the first official all-in-one PC running Jide's literal Remix of the Android OS.

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Battlefield 1 trailer revealed with WWI-style madness

Battlefield 1 trailer revealed with WWI-style madness

This morning the folks behind the Battlefield series have brought a trailer for what might be their most ambitious project yet. This is Battlefield 1, so called - sort of - because it takes place during World War 1. This isn't the same WWI you've been taught about in school, however, it's a sort of alternate dimension where oddities can happen. This is what they call the "Dawn of All-Out War". We're looking... a bit... forward to it.

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Remix Mini update removes official Google Play support

Remix Mini update removes official Google Play support

The Remix Mini Android mini PC may have just become a little less enticing both as a product as well as a new use case for Android. Through no fault of its own, Jide, the company behind Remix, has rolled out an update that, among other things removes Google Mobile Services, which means Google Play Store and services, from the mini PC. This was to comply with Google's request to remove said components because the Remix Mini does not conform with Google's criteria for allowing Google Mobile Services on particular devices.

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DOOM launch trailer ushers in ultimate brutality

DOOM launch trailer ushers in ultimate brutality

Just so long as you are 18 years of age or older, you may freely view the following video game trailer. Can you imagine this version of DOOM being released back in the early 1990's? Not for the graphics - those are a generation ahead already. For the violence! The gore! The madness that drove our country insane throughout the government's rally against the playing of violent titles altogether! Bethesda wants you to have freedom. Freedom to mash all the monsters you wish, here in the present - DOOM time it is.

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