The Oculus Rift is heading to consumers soon, but you’ll need a hefty rig to use it
One of the main challenges to getting technology like the Oculus Rift into consumers hands is making it accessible to everyone and right now that might not be as simple as we first thought. Despite the Oculus Rift aiming to launch in early 2016, those hoping to make the most of the new kit will also likely need to fork out for a new PC, because any old rig just isn’t going to cut it.
According to Oculus, you’re going to need some pretty beefy hardware to run the the VR headset, thankfully they’ve revealed exactly what you need. Though from the looks of it, your gaming laptop might just have to go out of the window on this one. Though the hardware might work on less powerful rigs, Oculus feel that in order to get the best experience possible you’ll need the following equipment.
- Nvidia GTX 970
- AMD 290
Both of these cards currently retail at around £250
- Intel i5-4590 processor or greater
According to Oculus this is the best possible model to have the Rift running out of the box. This alone currently retails at £160 or with a compatible motherboard, another £250.
- 8GB of DDR3 RAM
The Oculus is a pretty poweful bit of kit so you’ll need at least 8GB RAM which right now you can get for about £50
In addition to all of the above, you’ll need to make sure your rig has Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or higher installed, two spare USB 3.0 ports, a HDMI 1.3 video output supporting a 2.78MHz clock via a direct output architecture. This is the reason why your gaming laptop won’t be able to run as their external video outputs are usually connected to the integrated GPUs, and Oculus even claim that no current laptops have the recommended GPU performance anyway.
So along with spending lord knows how much on the consumer Oculus Rift model, you’ll also need to fork out well over £500 for the right hardware to play it on, then you’ll need to spend more on games which are compatible, so you’re probably looking at spending around £1,000 alone just for an experience that’ll likely make you feel sick after about 15 minutes.