The Facebook owned Oculus Rift – the VR headset that many credit for re-igniting the virtual reality scene, will begin shipping at the end of March 2016. Unlike the upcoming Playstation VR which is powered by the PS4, and mobile VR headsets such as the Samsung Gear VR which is powered by smartphones; you will need a beast of a PC to enjoy the full shebang Oculus experience.
PC specs for the Oculus Rift
• Operating System: Windows 7 SP1 64-bit or higher
• CPU: Intel i5-4590 (or equivalent) or higher
• RAM: 8GB +
• Graphics Card: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 (or equivalent) or higher
• USB Ports: 3 x USB 3.0 ports / 1 x USB 2.0 port
• Video Output: HDMI 1.3
You’re probably totally aware of the PC power needed to run Oculus VR if you’re one of those who have pre-ordered, and may have already been building your PC. If not, the good news is that 5 beefed up Oculus-ready machines have officially been announced – made by Asus, Alienware and Dell. The not-so-good news is they’re not like the budgie (cheap)..
You can save a few $hundred by ordering the PCs bundled with Oculus Rift, and if you’ve already ordered the Oculus you can update your order to a PC bundle by accessing your Order Status page and opting into the Partner Offers.
The new super PCs will be available to pre-order from Amazon, Best Buy and the Microsoft Store from February 16th. As far as the release date, Oculus are saying “Pre-orders for Oculus Ready and Rift bundles will ship in limited quantities to select countries and regions from retail partners starting in April.”
It looks like all of the new PCs are available with a bundle offer apart from the most expensive one – the Alienware Area 51.
Oculus Rift Ready PCs