What Will It Take to Run VR Games on Your PC? Here Are the Specs You Need

By   /   Jan 6, 2016
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The gaming industry is taking a major step into virtual reality this year with the release of Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR. While the later can only be used with PS4, PC users on the other hand can pick up Oculus Rift to dive into VR.

However, many PC users may have to upgrade their PCs in order to get it ready for VR. If you don’t own a GTX 970 or anything above it, say goodbye to your VR dreams. According to Nvidia and Oculus, you will at least require a GTX 970, which is available for around $330 to $350 depending on its make (MSI, EVGA etc).

On top of that, be sure to add an 8GB or above RAM to your system with a Core i5-4590 or equivalent.

  • GPU: GTX 970 or above/equivalent
  • PC with USB 3.0 support
  • CPU: Intel Core i5- 4590 equivalent or greater CPU
  • 8GB+ RAM of Memory/RAM
  • 2x USB 3.0 ports and HDMI 1.3
  • Windows 7 SP1 or newer

According to Jason Paul, general manager of emerging technologies at Nvidia:

For customers, navigating an emerging technology like VR can be daunting. We’re working with trusted partners worldwide to simplify the buying process with a GeForce GTX VR Ready badge that will let customers quickly identify PCs or add-in cards that are capable of handling the demands of VR.

Getting a VR Ready PC may be expensive but we have some great news for you if you are a Kickstarter backer of Oculus. Oculus Rift and two VR games will be free of cost for you.

VR industry is expected to make over $5 billion from 55 million users in 2016, according to a report from SuperData. We are indeed looking at the future of video games.

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