With the Oculus Connect 2 event taking place, a lot of news is being released around Virtual Reality. One announcement made is a new PC program to let users know if their new computer is “Oculus Ready”.
Oculus Vice President of product development, Nate Mitchell revealed today that the recommended systems requirements for using the Oculus Rift would be an Intel i5-4590 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a Nvidia GTX- 970 or AMD 290 video card. These are pretty hefty requirement, especially around the video cards.
This comes as no surprise, and it is a wise move for Oculus to come out and let people know just what processing power will be needed. Through partnering with companies such as Asus, Dell, and Alienware these are also known companies that many people will trust. The problem may arise with the cost of the computers though. While the price for “Oculus Ready” computers will be under $1000, to get the best performance the price is likely to be higher, especially from companies like Alienware.
The Oculus conference can be watch on Twitch and we can learn a lot of the future of Virtual Reality, or at least Oculus’ view of it here. With companies like Valve with their Steam VR and Sony with Playstation VR also competing for attention, it will be interesting to see which becomes the most popular Virtual Reality headset. If the gimmick took off, odds are that the console version would be the easiest to use and most accessible.
Whether Virtual Reality does become the new way to play games or not, it looks like for now there will be a focus on this technology to get the best out of some of the popular games. With Microsoft also revealing that Minecraft for Windows 10 will support the Oculus Rift with an upcoming update, there will be plenty of competition to come in the future.
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