HP’s Omen X Compact Desktop backpack PC is getting ready for launch

Do you have a bunch of money and a burning desire for wire-free virtual reality? Then HP’s Omen X Compact Desktop, due for launch overseas soon, could be the thing your heart is yearning for.

Announced back in June, the Omen X Compact Desktop had a few hiccups on its way to market — it was supposed to launch in July this year but it was delayed until this week. Hopefully you were quick off the mark when the rig was announced, though. It’s already listed as ‘out of stock’.

If you can get your hands on one, though, the Omen X packs in a solid showing of hardware. There’s a Core i7-7820HK, 16GB of DDR4-2400 RAM (you can expand that to 32GB, you power-hungry gamer, you), and a GeForce GTX 1080 making up the main components, as well as 1TB of SSD storage, wireless AC standard support, and all the ports you need to hook up an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift and romp around your computer room killing virtual nasties. But getting your hands on one is going to be the big hurdle.

If the Omen X Compact Desktop sees the light of day here in South Africa it’ll likely be available the same way that MSI’s VR One gaming backpack is: To order. And you’re going to wind up paying for it. The machine starts at $2,500 (R34,000) and that’s before you add in the VR rig you’re buying this portable PC for. But first you’re going to have to wait until HP has it in stock again.

Stuff South Africa’s online editor and print assistant editor, Brett Venter has churned out more words on more titles than most journalists will in a career. He’s kind of shy.

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