Get Ready To Get Virtual
Virtual Reality is coming. It’s just around the corner and if we’re not quick it’s likely to bite PC builders in the ass. Make sure you have an Oculus Ready PC and read the guide below!
The good news is the recommended spec for a VR-capable PC is not as outrageous or expensive as you might think.
With the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets available now, the time to build an Oculus Ready PC is here.
Virtual Reality or VR is not new, in fact people have been talking about it for years.
Way back in the 80s it first reared its head but the technology of the day was wholly incapable of meeting consumer demand.
It nose-dived and then it got buried. But now as we move into the far future of 2016 it’s returned – and all the signs are that it’s going to be awesome.
Unless you’ve been in a hole for the past few years you should know that Oculus is one of the biggest teams on the VR playing field.
Backed by Facebook its Oculus Rift headset is likely to be the one to beat to when it’s released early in 2016.
In September 2015, a program was announced that Oculus hopes will provide consumers with the assurance the PC they buy will be capable of handling whatever bleeding-edge VR hardware and software can throw at it.
The Oculus Ready program offers officially licensed Oculus-branded PCs from hardware big-hitters Alienware, Dell and Asus. These PCs will be able to run the Oculus Rift VR headset on day one of launch (expected first quarter 2016).
Apparently all manufacturers will offer their Oculus Ready PCs for less than $1000.
My guide below tells you how you can build a system that meets all the recommended specifications for just a shade over $850.
Build Your Own Oculus Ready PC
Let’s remember Oculus Ready PCs – for all their fanfare and grand-sounding names – are just PCs.
And as I’ve shown before building your own gaming PC is easy. If you can put together a Lego kit you can build a gaming PC.
Check out the below video playlist if you’re unsure about any elements of the building process.
If you click the icon in the top left you can bring up the playlist where you can watch everything – from installing a CPU fan, to installing a power supply.
The specs to run an Oculus Rift headset are below and I’ve set out an entry-level system you can put together today to build your own Oculus Ready PC for less than a $1000.
The minimum specs needed to power the Oculus Rift:
- NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 equivalent or greater
- Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
- 8GB RAM
- 2x USB 3.0 ports
Entry-Level Oculus Ready PC Build
- CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor $225
- Graphics card: Diamond Multimedia AMD R9 290 PCIE GDDR5 4GB Memory Graphics Video Card $250
- Motherboard: Asus Z97-A/USB 3.1 ATX LGA1150 $166
- Hard drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5″ 7200RPM Hard Drive $42
- Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $67
- Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 ATX Mid Tower Case $55
- PSU: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $64
As you can see this build meets the demands of Oculus Rift and offers plenty of scope for future upgrades. VR is going to herald a new dawn for gamers and gaming in general. Why not get ahead of the curve and start looking at how you can build a Oculus Ready PCnow.
Have You Built One Yet?
Have you managed to put together your own Oculus Ready PC? Got any questions on building one? Let me know in the comments or tweet me here.
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