[CES 2016] – NVIDIA has today revealed details of a new program that’ll tell consumers whether a system is VR Ready, as well as revealing which of its hardware it expects to be suited to a VR ready rig, and guess what, you may need a bank loan.
We already know that VR headsets aren’t going to be cheap. Oculus VR has already confirmed that the Oculus Rift will retail at around $300, so already you’re spending a wedge, but what about hardware needed to run Virtual Reality? Well fortunately NVIDIA are here to tell you whether the system you’re looking at is VR ready or not.
In a partnership with PC andlaptop OEMs, NVIDIA will be rolling out a new label that’ll tell consumers whether the machine they’re looking at is ready for VR with a new “GeForce GTX VR Ready” label.
Machines with the label will be able to run virtual reality graphics on a connected VR headset at 90-frames per second. Now, considering two images are set to be displayed simultaneously, that’s going to need a fair bit of power, so NVIDIA has revealed exactly what is needed.
For those of you with an NVIDIA GTX 970 GPU or higher, as well as an Intel Core i5-4590 or higher, and at least 8GB RAM, 2 USB 3.0 ports, and HDMI 1.3. You’ll be at the entry point of being able to run VR at the above settings.
Now let’s take this into consideration when purchasing a new machine, you’re looking at spending at-least £400 on both the processor and GPU alone, not to mention the price of the VR headset, plus all of the other compatible gubbins such as motherboard, RAM, and the like. So really, you’re looking at around £1000+ just to be “VR Ready”.
“For customers, navigating an emerging technology like VR can be daunting,” said Jason Paul, general manager of emerging technologies at Nvidia. “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.”
A number of OEMs have already on-board with this new program including Alienware, Asus, Hewlett Packard MSI, Maingear, Amazon and more.