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
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)
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.
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
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 +
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
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.
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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