Eurogamer has an article looking at the upcoming VR tidal wave that is going to land sometime later this year that promises to change the way we game forever. With VR requiring up to 7x increase in performance needed compared to a traditional gaming PC, will anyone besides the top 1% even be able to enjoy it?
As the days pass, we draw closer to a potentially seismic change in the PC gaming space - the arrival of Virtual Reality experiences, brought to life via the Oculus Rift and HTC's Vive. And for many, one key question needs to be comprehensively addressed - whether their existing gaming PCs can handle the strenuous requirements of the VR experience. And if they don't, what hardware will need an upgrade.
There's a sense that there's a lot of conflicting information out there. First up, let's take a look at the Oculus minimum spec:
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 970/AMD Radeon R9 290 equivalent or greater
- Intel Core i5 4590 equivalent or greater
- 8GB+ RAM
- 2x USB 3.0 port
- HDMI 1.3 video output supporting a 297MHz clock via a direct output architecture
- Windows 7 OS or greater
Some say that less than one per cent of the gaming PCs out there can meet this specification, but it's certainly a good place to start from Oculus, certainly bearing in mind the GPU spec.