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PC VR Now Half Price

PC VR Now Half Price

Oculus CEO & Co-founder, Brendan Iribe, announced a new min spec for Oculus Ready PC hardware at yesterday’s Oculus Conn3ct event in California.

Min Spec

  • nVidia 960 or greater
  • Intel i3-6100 / AMD FX4350 or greater
  • 8GB+ RAM
  • Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
  • 1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0 ports
  • Windows 8 or newer

This new min spec is a direct result of Oculus’ positional solution, Spacewarp. Iribe observed that, “While there’s no replacement for native 90hz framerate, Spacewarp makes it easier for lower end machines to power VR. This will expand the audience. With lower CPU and GPU requirements, people can get into VR at a lower cost on a wider range of hardware.”

To emphasise the point, Iribe announced that Cyberpower has a new AMD based min-spec machine for $499, saying, “PC VR has never been so affordable. That’s half the cost that we introduced PC VR last year.”

 

Oculus Ready Hardware

Ocullus started with six PC hardware partners and 11 certified machines, which has grown to 11 partners and more than 40 machines in the last year. While the specs started around $1,000 last year, Iribe told us that, “You can now get in for under $700.”

We have to admit that Cyberpower’s $499 is under $700, but it seems odd to us that Iribe chose to flag up the higher number so quickly after the reveal. Still, there’s no denying that as he said, “The costs keep coming down.”


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Steve is an award-winning editor and copywriter with 20 years’ experience specialising in consumer technology and video games. He was part of a BAFTA nominated developer studio as project manager for the UK’s first fully interactive digital TV channel. In addition to editing TheVirtualReport.biz, Steve contributes to PocketGamer.biz, PCGamesInsider.biz and BlockchainGamer.biz, as well as creating marketing content for a range of SMEs and agencies.

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