Virtual reality is getting closer, and discounted Oculus Rift bundles will be ready next week for pre-order, to arrive along with the VR headset that should turn gaming on its head. For those who are not inclined to create their own systems, here are a few options that will be available for pre-order starting on February 16th:
- Asus G11CD: Intel Core i5-6400, nVidia GeForce GTX 970, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, 1TB hard drive + Oculus Rift VR – $949
- Alienware X51 R3 (model 1): Intel Core i5-6400, nVidia GeForce GTX 970, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, 1TB hard drive + Oculus Rift VR – $999
- Dell XPS 8900 SE: Intel Core i5-6400, nVidia GTX 970, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, 1TB hard drive + Oculus Rift VR – $999
- Asus ROG G20CB (model 1): Intel Core i5-6400, nVidia GTX 970, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, 512GB SSD + Oculus Rift VR – $1349
- Alienware X51 R3 (model 2): Intel Core i5-6400, nVidia GeForce GTX 980, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD + Oculus Rift VR – $1499
- Asus ROG G20CB (model 2): Intel Core i7-6700, nVidia GTX 980, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD, 1TB hard drive + Oculus Rift VR – $1599
- Alienware Area 51: Intel Core i7-5820K, nVidia GTX 980, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, 128GB SSD, 2TB hard drive + Oculus Rift VR – $2549
We’re just a few short weeks away from virtual reality, and most are getting ready to get their hands on Oculus Rift and start immersing themselves into another world. It’s new, exciting, and, hopefully, it will be as exceptional as it looks. This year will likely be virtual reality’s year. It’s expected that the futuristic tech will leave its mark, one to linger in the years to come.
However, while you’re ready to give the VR headset a test, is your PC? Along with the rather hefty price of $599 that you will have to cough up for Oculus Rift, the company has made sure to announce that you will also need a good enough system to support it. And perhaps virtual reality is not where you want to take the risk and skim on the money. If the PC’s strength falters, most high-end games might just become a nightmare for you, filled with bad frames and motion sickness.
So, perhaps a bigger investment would be worth it for those who want to try out EVE: Valkyrie, Elite: Dangerous, or other titles that will be strenuous on your system. One thing seems to be for sure, as it is for a good amount of games, a powerful graphics card could make the difference. Especially for Oculus Rift, whose main attraction will be the visual it can provide.
The minimum recommendations for Oculus Rift might just be an nVidia GTX 970 or its equivalent AMD 290, an Intel i5-4590 processor, and 8GB RAM. Given today’s gaming general requirements, this could be considered a decent PC just based off of those three factors, but it could certainly be better. And it probably should be, if you’re looking for a solid 90 fps (frames per second) to avoid motion sickness in more visually demanding games.
However, to make things easier, Oculus announced a few bundles which will take off the burden off users. A configuration made separately by a PC owner is always the best way to go, but not everyone has the required knowledge. It could save some money though, although not much, so it is recommended.
It’s to be noted that the aforementioned space epic EVE: Valkyrie will arrive bundled with the headset, along with Lucky’s Tale, which will work with much lower specs.