Oculus Rift Recommended PC Specs Outlined

Oculus VR Chief Architect Atman Binstock outlined the recommended hardware specs necessary to run the Rift in a detailed blog post regarding the subject.

The specs are as follows:

  • NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater
  • Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
  • 8GB+ RAM
  • Windows 7 SP1 or newer
  • 2x USB 3.0 ports
  • HDMI 1.3 video output supporting a 297MHz clock via a direct output architecture

“This configuration will be held for the lifetime of the Rift and should drop in price over time,” Binstock states.

Binstock furthers his post by stating why the Oculus even needs set specifications to be used in the first place through a whole bunch of techno-babble, but can be ultimately be summed up by saying your computer needs to be able to handle the Rift’s high rendering capabilities in order to have a smooth non-jarring experience in virtual reality.

Binstock says “The Rift is specifically designed to deliver comfortable, sustained presence…  As a VR device, the Rift will be capable of delivering comfortable presence for nearly everyone. However, this requires the entire system working well,” and these specifications should help everyone build around a known optimized hardware build for an optimal experience with the upcoming virtual reality device.

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