The big Consumer Electronics Show (CES) happened this week with lots of PC makers on the show floor giving visitors a taste what’s to come in the virtual space and what kind of rig it will take for this magic to happen. There were manufacturers and vendors at CES like Dell, HP, MSI, NVIDIA, AMD, iBuyPower, and more and each of them helped peel back the blindfold on the mystery surrounding the type of specs a PC must have to support the HTC Vive.
Do you know how to tell if your PC is Vive ready?
What components inside your PC should you be focused on?
Two major players in the GPU world, NVIDIA and AMD have added a feature on their websites to help customers determine which graphics cards would be a good fit for a VR ready machine. If you already have a gaming rig with NVIDIA components you can visit the link above to test your PC and see if it’s VR ready. The GEFORCE website even goes so far as to tell you that you need these items as a minimum requirement:
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
- RAM: 8GB or greater
- OUTPUTS: 2x USB 3.0 ports, HDMI 1.3
- OS: Windows 7.1 or greater
Both AMD and NVIDIA sites will show you recommended GPU’s that will support VR systems, but there is still a strand of hesitancy, because as NVIDIA reminds us, these minimum system requirements are based on published VR requirements by Head Mounted Display (HMD) manufacturers and to date, HTC has not officially published system requirements for the Vive.
Some people consider this unknown detail a knock against HTC, but the Vive is still in its infancy and is maturing at a rapid pace. At CES, we were introduced to an external facing camera on the Vive’s HMD that could lead to all kinds of groundbreaking advances in the field.
What to look for when buying a new PC?
If you are not a PC gamer then chances are you’ve got an average computer that was not designed to deliver a high amount of graphics performance to an external set of displays like the ones inside the HTC Vive headset. If you are going to buy a new PC to run your future Vive system you should look for NVIDIA’s VR ready certification.
You can rely on a handful of PC makers to have an out-of-the-box VR ready system. Dell will probably have an XPS system and they also have been using their Alienware division to develop the experience with Adriene Grenier called The Lonely Whale. During CES, HP announced the Envy Phoenix which has been specifically optimized for the HTC Vive. MSI has built a series of computers that are certified VR Ready and the Vive machine they had at CES was running a GeFore GTX 980 and iBuyPower unveiled the Revolt 2 which has enough hardware inside to run the Vive.
The bottom line is it’s gonna take a powerful PC to run the Vive, because you need a good graphics card that won’t lag on you or in other words, you don’t want a computer that will make you sick of your VR experience, literally.
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