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Asus’s tiny, VR-ready gaming PC is now on sale

The Asus VivoPC X, which is a compact console-like PC designed to blend nicely into a living room environment while being powerful enough to tackle VR gaming, is now on sale over in the US for $799 (around £625, AU$1,055).

And, for those who wish to use the machine to get started with virtual reality gaming, both Amazon and Newegg are offering a bundle of the PC along with an Oculus Rift plus Touch controllers priced at $1,299 (around £1,020, AU$1,720), which is a hundred bucks cheaper than you’d otherwise pay for these separately.

The VivoPC X, which has arrived a little later than expected – at CES Asus said it would be out in March – packs plenty of power in a 5-liter case, with an Intel Core i5-7300HQ (Kaby Lake) processor alongside a VR-capable GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card, backed up by 8GB of DDR4 system memory.

Storage shrinkage

Interestingly, Asus originally intended for storage options to include a 512GB M.2 SATA SSD, alongside up to a 2TB spinning disk, but the base model (A80CJ-DS51) of the final product actually comes with just a simple, 1TB hard drive. As Anandtech notes, the PC vendor apparently had to make this move to hit its intended price tag.

Dropping the SSD will obviously hurt a little when it comes to booting and loading speeds, but shouldn’t affect things too much in terms of raw gaming performance (although do note the hard drive is a 5,400 rpm model, not a faster 7,200 rpm disk).

As for connectivity, again there’s plenty packed into the small case. You get 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, a Gigabit Ethernet port, a pair of HDMI 2.0b ports and a DisplayPort. There are six USB ports on board, four of which are USB 3.0, and the remainder are USB 2.0.

Hopefully we’ll see the VivoPC X around the western world before long. Surely a VR-ready PC the size of an Xbox would be a welcome addition to living rooms on any continent.

Darren is a freelancer writing news and features for TechRadar (and occasionally T3) across a broad range of computing topics including CPUs, GPUs, various other hardware, VPNs, antivirus and more. He has written about tech for the best part of three decades, and writes books in his spare time (his debut novel - 'I Know What You Did Last Supper' - was published by Hachette UK in 2013).