Picking the right gaming PC for virtual realityThese VR-ready PCs have the power to drive the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
Saving up enough for a new 599 Oculus Rift or 799 HTC Vive Virtual Reality Headset is really only the beginning. Stepping up to VR also requires a very specific set of compatible computer components. And to be honest, you're probably just gonna have to buy a brand new desktop PC. Now, the rock bottom price for a new VR-ready desktop is about 999. That's after a bundled discount from Oculus, if you buy a headset and a desktop together. You can get something like the Dell XPS 8900 for 999, but it only just meets the very minimum required specs. If you're looking to spend more, well really, the sky's the limit, and we've tested PCs that go from 999 for that Dell to north of $4000 for the Falcon Northwest Tiki Other systems we're testing right now include the Origin PC Chronos and then Eon17 SLX. That's one of the only VR ready laptops. There's the Lenovo Y900, and the Acer Predator, and the Velocity Micro Raptor which helpfully puts its VR connection ports right on the Front panel. Now, all of these systems that we've tested can run the first generation of VR games and experiences at about 90 frames per second per eye. That's the VR standard, but if you wanna make sure you're ready for the VR games of next year and the year after, the sweet spot It's only about $2000, and that's gonna get ya an Intel Core i7 CPU and the single and video Gforce 980 graphics card.