First look at MSI’s GT73VR 7RE TITAN SLI When MSI told me they had a new VR Laptop for me to look at, that was boasting the new Kaby Lake i7 7820HK, I was expecting the new GE62VR 7RF. After our look at the GE62VR 6RF I was excited to see what Intel’s latest i7 could do to improve the VR Laptop experience with the HTC Vive. But the box that showed up on my doorstep was bigger, a lot bigger! It was the GT73VR 7RE TITAN SLI, one of MSI’s top of the line desktop replacement VR laptop. Let’s have a look at it: GT73VR 7RE TITAN SLI Specifications 7th Gen. Intel Core i7 7820HK processor Chipset Intel HM175 Intel CM238 Windows 10 Pro GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 SLI with ultra performance DDR4-2400, 4 Slots, with 32GB installed (Max 64GB) 17.3″ Full HD (1920×1080), 120 Hz Refresh Rate and 5ms response time panel Exclusive Cooler Boost Titan Technology The X Boost function from MSI technology supports faster storage access speed. Dragon Center provides six functions to get a total control of your personal computer 512GB SSD’s in Exclusive Super RAID 4 (Dual NVMe M.2 SSDs by PCIe Gen3 X4 in RAID 0) 1TB 7200RPM 2.5″ SATA HDD Thunderbolt™ 3 supporting 40Gbps ultra speed data transfer rate, 4K@60Hz monitor output, and portable charging power up to 5V/3A with USB Type-C universal plug Easy Overclocking with MSI SHIFT Technology by Dragon Center Exclusive ESS SABRE HiFi DAC for lossless, high-quality audio Nahimic 2 Sound Technology delivering 360⁰ immersive audio experience Sound by Dynaudio system True Color Technology for increased color contrast and greater image detail Keyboard by Steelseries with full color backlighting SteelSeries Engine 3 with GameSense to personalize your play style Exclusive Silver Lining Printed keys Killer DoubleShot Pro (Killer Gb LAN + Killer 802.11 a/c WiFi) with Smart Teaming Upgraded Killer Gigabit LAN Controller with Advanced Stream Detect 2.0 and Killer Shield Matrix Display supporting surround mode and 4K output up to 3 external monitors Brushed-metal lid and aesthetics line design imprinted with MSI iconic Dragon Tattoo, unleashing the true dragon gaming soul Dimension (WxDxH) 428 x 287 x 24~49 mm Weight (w/ Battery) 4.14 kg 2x 230W AC Adapters (Weight 2.1 kg) So as you can see this is an extreme-end laptop. It’s not just an SSD it’s 2 512GB SSDs in RAID. It’s not just one gaming GTX 1070, it’s SLi GTX 1070s. I had 4 days to play around with the Titan and I installed lots of VR games and spent about 10 hours experiencing the performance in VR. It’s a no brainer that the GT73VR tromped all over our Budget VR PC and even the GE62VR but is the price gap worth it?
Serious Sam VR the First Encounter is like a perfectly restored classic muscle car that has all the features you love and includes modern performance enhancements and creature comforts. We Benchmark this diehard FPS on two Budget GPUs, the AMD-RX-480 and the NVIDIA GTX 1060 on the HTC Vive. Serious Sam the First Encounter (SSTFE) was originally released in 2001 by Croteam as a demonstrator for their engine. It was priced at less that half of other FPS games of that time to help it achieve market saturation and it worked. It was a staple disk to have in your LAN party CD folder. SSTFE was an instant hit and I have spent hundreds of hours playing solo, deathmatch and co-op, eating pizza and drinking beer to all hours of the morning. It was the game that you started up just as the LAN party was fading out at 1 or 2am and the last standing 4 gamers got a new wind of excitement as they joined forces to fight untold evils together. It always started as one quick last game and for the new unsuspecting gamers who thought bed was thirty minutes away, they found themselves trapped in an epic battle with the last four gamers for the next four hours. Fast forward 15 years and we now have a full offical port of SSTFE into VR. Serious Sam VR the First Encounter is not like other VR hacks of old games such as Doom and Portal. This is an official remake with well thought out settings for graphics, interface and movement. It’s like someone gave Serious Sam to West Coast Customs and they handed back a restored masterpiece!
Can you VR on a Laptop ? To find out we are Evaluating the MSI GE62VR, a month ago I got to meet MSI at Pax Australia and on the MSI booth I had a nice long chat with Ivy Hsu from MSI who was excited to show me the latest MSI range of VR laptops – some sleek and some desktop replacements. I was curious as to how well a laptop can handle some of the games available on Steam for the HTC Vive. After spending 2 months using a budget PC for all my VR needs I wanted to know if a laptop could really handle it. Ivy was kind enough to send me the GE62VR 6RF Apache Pro for a month of testing. The GE62VR is one of many VR ready laptops from MSI and it’s a true mobile laptop with a weight of just 2.4 kg. That’s just over double the weight of my Surface 3 in its protective case. It’s way lighter than any performance laptop I have ever had the pleasure of using. Let’s have a look at the full specs:
Next up in our Budget VR PC Test we are looking at Final Approach VR, a game I got on sale a month ago and for some reason did not play for over a month. The videos and screenshots on Steam do not do this game justice. It’s way more fun and in depth than I ever thought from the info on the Steam store page. The story is hours long and mixes things up to keep it interesting. You get to do everything from landing planes and helicopters to sorting luggage and shooting down jets with a 50cal and missile launcher. But with all this going on can our Budget PC handle it? Is the MSI RX-480 up to the task?
First off if you have not had a read of HardOCP’s Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope first review check it out now! also check out our Budget PC test of Serious Sam VR Here (Video below) In HardOCP’s follow up Kyle looks at mGPU tests for NVIDIA GTX keeping in mind Serious Sam VR is still in Early Access. When it comes to GPU testing Kyle uses a unique way of testing to give you an apples for apples comparison. If you’re thinking about SLI or crossfire for your VR pc this is a must read.
My old buddy Kyle Bennett has another AMD & NVIDIA GPU VR Performance guide this time for Please State Your Name. Please State Your Name uses the Unreal Engine 4 and will be the 13th GPU-intensive title added to our VR Leaderboard and requires use of an HTC Vive system. PSYN is not a game or an “experience” but rather a short film done in Virtual Reality that tells you a story that is about 8 minutes long. PSYN is available for free on Steam. The developer is StudioDisrupt, and here is what they have to say about their film.
This is a love hate post I love Star Trek but well you know UBISOFT… I so hope they don’t stuff this up! you can pre order but I don’t see the point let the game come out and let people test it first!
Playstation VR? Oculus Rift? HTC Vive? HoloLens? If you are a Playstation gamer get the Playstation VR but if you are a PC gamer you are in the right place and you have choices so read on! Let’s start with Microsoft HoloLens. If you don’t know, Microsoft HoloLens is the first fully self-contained, holographic computer, enabling you to interact with high‑definition holograms in your world. It’s not VR it’s MR (mixed reality). Will you be able to play games? Yes. Can you play Elite Dangerous? No! Will you want hololens? YES but for different reasons than the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. Let’s look at a video to see some of the things you can do!
Dis game on Steam New Retro Arcade gotss’ta help ya’ get yo’ VR JIVE on Retro style! Neon brings the golden age of gaming back to life as you are transported to the 80’s and early 90’s; where the fun and laughter began. Download your own ROM’s and use our Arcade Builder to create your perfect emulator frontend. And on top of that, you and your friends have the choice to play more than 10 diverse mini games.
My old friend Kyle Bennett over at Hard-OCP is getting his VR jive on with the new VR game Raw Data “Built from the ground up for VR, Raw Data’s action combat gameplay, intuitive controls, challenging enemies, and sci-fi atmosphere will completely immerse you within the game world. Go solo—or team up with a friend—and become the adrenaline-charged heroes of your own futuristic technothriller.”
Fantastic Contraption was originally a building game made way back in 2008. Millions of people played it obsessively and saved over 12 million contraptions. You can still play it for free. For years we loved the idea of a 3d Fantastic Contraption but couldn’t figure out how it would work. Then we tried the Vive. The new Fantastic Contraption has been designed from the ground up for room-scale VR. Imagine walking around a grassy island in the sky while you build a machine the size of a horse with your own hands.
Owlchemy Labs announce that Job Simulator will be included *IN THE BOX* for a limited time with the HTC Vive! That means that early Vive buyers will be able to experience the wonders of human jobbing right when they receive their Vive. The Year Is 2050. In a world where robots have replaced all human jobs, step into the “Job Simulator” to learn what it was like ‘to job’. Players can re-live the glory days of work by simulating the ins and outs of being a gourmet chef, an office worker, a convenience store clerk, and more.