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The latest VR-ready PCs for Vive and OculusThese desktops have everything you'll need for virtual reality, but at a price.
Virtual reality is a truly transformative experience especially for PC gamers, but it comes at a price. Not only do you need an expensive VR headset, you also need just the right kind of desktop computer. We've tested and reviewed about nine different VR-ready PCs to date, and this second batch Covers everything from slim, thousand dollar systems, to massive desktop hogging towers, that run $2500 or more. The Acer Predator G6 looks like a tank tread from some sort of futuristic sci fi vehicle. Performance in this high end configuration, it's great. And it's a very distinct look to be sure, but I do wish it had more ports on the front panel. Now the Alienware X51 is a very flexible, small form factor desktop that's been around for a few years. Bundled with an Occulus, you can now get a version that hits the minimum specs for VR for just $999. The AVA Direct Avatar also has a very distinct link. The side panel comes off easily for upgrades. It's got a lot of fans inside for good airflow. The top panel has a lot of easy to access ports, but my favorite feature Is the VR panel on the front for plugging in your headset without digging around the back of the system. If you're looking for something a little more subtle, the Velocity Micro Raptor is a plain black box that just disappears into the background with a ton of space inside for more storage or a second GPU, and it also has that very cool VR connection panel in the front. Now most of these systems should offer newly announced parts from Intel and InVidious soon. So consider spending a little bit more now to make sure you're future-proofed for the next generation of VR games. [MUSIC]