Oculus Rift PC requirements revealed
We still don't know when the consumer version of the Oculus Rift VR headset will be released to the paying public, but today we learned what we'll need in the way of a PC to actually use the thing.
- NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater
- Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
- 8GB RAM
- Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
- 2x USB 3.0 ports
- Windows 7 SP1 or newer
"The goal is for all Rift games and applications to deliver a great experience on this configuration," the Oculus folks said. "Ultimately, we believe this will be fundamental to VR’s success, as developers can optimize and tune their game for a known specification, consistently achieving presence and simplifying development."
To be fair, this is the recommended spec "for the full Rift experience," so you'll likely be able to get away with something a bit lower on the scale. But as Oculus Rift Technical Director Atman Binstock explained in a more detailed blog post, an effective VR experience is all about "comfortable, sustained presence," which an "underperforming system" won't be able to deliver.