Is Your System VR Ready for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive?

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With the release of the first consumer VR headsets, people are just dying to get their hands on the immersive VR experience because for most of them, VR gaming is very new. With the system requirements of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive out now, most people are buying entirely new PCs just to play VR games on their new VR headsets. You can save money by upgrading your system if most of your hardware is relatively new.

Here in this article, we are going to list down the requirements that you need to meet in order to meet the VR Ready System requirement. So, is your system VR ready for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive?

Recommended Requirements to Use the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive

The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive need good enough hardware which can render graphics at 90 frames per second or more. The thing is that most of the hardware available currently is not entirely VR ready, which means that you may experience frame rate drops sometimes in your VR headset. You will require a really powerful system to give you the best performance and an immersive experience. The system requirements for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are very similar. These are the requirements suggested by Oculus and HTC:

  • Intel Core i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350 or greater
  • 8GB RAM or higher
  • NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 or greater
  • Windows 7 SP1 or newer
  • 3-4x USB 3.0 ports
  • HDMI 1.4 port

You can also check out the system requirements for VR Ready PC for NVIDIA here and for AMD ATI Radeon here

Is your System VR Ready?

The main question, is your current system VR ready? If you really want to play VR games, you should play them on a desktop PC. Laptops are not recommended since they are less powerful than desktop PCs.

If you made a high-end gaming PC not so long ago and it falls in the system requirements mentioned above, you are good to go and your system is VR ready. If your system does not have the recommended specifications, then you do need to upgrade. Make a note of everything you want to upgrade in your PC or if you want to completely buy a new one.

If you are upgrading, you might just need to upgrade the processor or the graphics card and maybe add some RAM. If you are buying a new PC, you should keep the budget within $1500, if you have already bought a VR headset.

Recommendations for Making a VR Ready System

If you really want to build a gaming PC so that you can enjoy VR, you should get the best possible hardware you can buy. You should get a better processor, SSD for faster storage and the latest graphic card from NVIDIA which are VR ready. NVIDIA is releasing their new Pascal architecture based GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 cards (read about them here <hyperlink>) which are must powerful and cheaper than the GTX 980 and Titan graphics cards. The best thing about them is that they are VR ready, which means they are capable of rendering graphics at 90 frames per second or higher for VR headsets. If you have bought the HTV Vive, make sure you have a lot of room for its playing space.

Gigabyte GTX 1080
source: tech4gamers.com

We recommend getting the latest hardware so that you don’t feel left out from the perfect VR experience. We recommend the following system requirements for a VR ready PC:

  • Intel Core i5-6500 / Core i7-6700k
  • 8 GB RAM
  • NVIDIA GTX 1070 or GTX 1080 (wait for these till they are released)
  • SSD + HDD combo
  • Windows 10 64-bit
  • If you are getting the HTC Vive, you should also get a nice pair of headphones

We hope this answered a frequently asked question, is your system VR ready for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are the first VR headsets released for consumers and these are currently very expensive. Not just their own price, but the price of the PC hardware requirements these need to run.

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