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Asus unveils VivoPC X, a VR ready compact desktop PC

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One of the big drawbacks of VR is having to set up a headset close to a big and powerful gaming PC. Asus is trying to address that with a compact desktop PC that’s designed to be VR ready and can be easily moved around and connected to a monitor or TV. The new VivoPC X is not much bigger than the current gaming consoles on the market, but it includes Intel’s latest Core i5 Kaby Lake processor, an Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics card, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB of SSD storage.

All of that power is housed in a compact chassis that weighs under 5 pounds. Nvidia’s GTX 1060 is classified as VR ready, but it’s at the lower end of the scale compared to a GTX 1070 or 1080. Still, basic VR games should run just fine on the VivoPC X, and Asus has included four USB 3.1 ports and two USB 2.0 ports for VR accessories and controllers. There's even two HDMI ports and a DisplayPort that support Nvidia G-Sync displays. The only concern around compact desktop PCs are heat issues, but Asus has included side vents that circulate air inside, alongside a special heat pipe that draws heat away from Intel’s processor. Asus’ VivoPC X will be available in March priced at $799.