When it comes to VR gaming rigs, performance is the one thing that gamers rave about. Not that it is unwarranted, it is just that VR titles tend to require more power from their host computers. With the advent of mobile VR, more and more consumers are switching to portable VR gaming setups.
However, it is still hard to come by a hardware fit to be called a mobile VR rig without sacrificing performance. Fortunately, there are two products out in the market now that will be able to answer gamers’ performance requirements. The Zotac VR GO and the MSI VR One are the two main players when it comes to high performance mobile VR gaming.
READ ALSO: MSI VR One Now Available in the U.S.
On paper, both rigs are somewhat equal with each other. Both setups sport the latest i7 Skylake processor with 16GB of RAM. However, the GPU on the Zotac comes with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 out of the box. For the MSI, consumers would need to get the top-tier version if they want the same graphics processor.
In terms of ports, the Zotac offers more choices than the MSI VR One. Also, the Zotac VR GO can drive as many as 4 displays at the same time.
|Specifications||Zotac VR GO||MSI VR One|
2.8 GHz with 3.6 GHz Turbo-boost
2.7 GHz with 3.6 GHz Turbo-boost
|GPU||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060|
(upgradable to GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5)
(expandable to 32GB)
(expandable to 32GB)
|Storage||240GB M.2 SSD|
(additional 2.5-inch drive bay)
(upgradable to 512GB)
|Ports||6 x USB 3.0|
3 x HDMI 2.0
2 x DisplayPort 1.4
|4 x USB 3.0|
1 x Thunderbolt 3.0
1x Mini DisplayPort
1 x HDMI 2.0
|Connectivity||Dual Gigabit Ethernet|
|Killer 2×2 MIMO|
|Dimensions||16.14 x 10.63 x 2.99 inches||15.9 x 11.5 x 2.4 inches|
|Weight||10.8 lbs (4.9 kg)||7.9 lbs (3.6 kg)|
($2,299 top-tier model)
The best thing about the MSI VR One though is the weight. For anyone who wants to play VR games while carrying the host PC, weight is an important issue. The MSI VR One weighs a mere 3.6 kg versus Zotac VR GO’s 4.9 kg. In terms of connectivity, the MSI VR One features the lighting fast Killer 2×2 MIMO wireless module.
Unfortunately, playtime on the MSI VR One is only 90 minutes. Zotac outstrips MSI by 30 more minutes with 2 hours of playtime. As for the price, both rigs can be bought for $1,999. To get the NVIDIA 1070 on the MSI, consumers would need to shell out $300 more. However, this comes with a 512GB SSD.
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