The Oculus Quest stand-alone headset gets a lot of attention this year, but the PC-based VR is still where you will find the best graphics and the biggest VR games.

If you want to get a PC VR headset, such as the Oculus Rift S, Valve Index or Windows MR, here’s how to check if your computer can pull such a burden.

Note: this article only applies to desktop PCs. Laptops do not guarantee work with VR.

Oculus rift s

Minimum requirements:

Processor: Intel i3-6100 / AMD Ryzen 3 1200, FX4350 or higher

Graphics processor: NVIDIA GTX 1050Ti / GTX 960 / AMD Radeon RX 470 or higher

RAM: 8 GB +

OS: Windows 10

Ports: 1x USB 3.0 + 1x DisplayPort (or mini DisplayPort)

Recommended specifications:

Processor: Intel i5-4590 / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X or higher

Graphics processor: NVIDIA GTX 1060 / GTX 970 / AMD Radeon RX 480 / R9 290 or higher

To make sure your computer meets the requirements, you must run the Rift Compatibility Checker (ocul.us/compat-tool) before purchasing:

Please note that the Rift S requires your motherboard to have a USB 3.0 chip compatible with the specifications. The Oculus compatibility tool will verify this. If this check fails, you need to purchase a PCI-E USB 3.0 card.

Valve index

Minimum requirements:

Processor: Dual-core with Hyper-Threading

Graphics processor: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970, AMD RX480

RAM: 8 GB

OS: Windows 10

Ports: 1x USB 2.0 + 1x DisplayPort

Recommended specifications:

Processor: Quad Core +

GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 or better

Ports: 1x USB 3.0 + 1x DisplayPort

To enable Index pass-through camera mode, you need to connect it to a USB 3.0 port, not just USB 2.0.

To make sure that your computer meets the requirements, you must run the Index Compatibility Checker before you buy:

Please note that the Index also needs 3x power outlets in total. One next to your headset pc and two at opposite corners for base stations.

Windows MR / Samsung Odyssey +

Recommended specifications:

Processor: Intel Core i5 4590 / AMD Ryzen 5 1400

Graphics processor: NVIDIA GTX 1060 / AMD RX 470/570 or higher

RAM: 8 GB

OS: Windows October 10, 2018 or newer

Ports: 1x HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort + 1x USB 3.0 port

Bluetooth 4.0

To check if your computer has a compatible USB and Bluetooth chip, you can use the Windows MR Compatibility Checker:

Please note that the checker will test the minimum specifications of your PC. If you are planning to play SteamVR, you must meet the above requirements.

HP Reverb

Minimum technical characteristics:

Processor: Intel Core i7 equivalent or better

GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 equivalent or better

RAM: 16 GB

OS: Windows October 10, 2018 update or newer

Ports: 1x USB 3.0 + 1x DisplayPort 1.3

With 2K dual panels, HP Reverb has the highest PC requirements of any commercially available VR headset. HP does not recommend buying a headset if you do not meet these requirements.

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