Recommended specs for Oculus Rift released


So if you’re like me and possibly thousands of other people out there, you can’t wait to get your hands on the consumer version of the Oculus Rift. Well earlier today the Oculus Rift site released the official recommend specs if you’re planning on getting it:

“For the full Rift experience, we recommend the following system:

  • NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater
  • Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
  • 8GB+ RAM
  • Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
  • 2x USB 3.0 ports
  • Windows 7 SP1 or newer”

So right off the bat you’re going to be taking at least a $300 dent in the wallet, but the chief architect of the Rift Atman Binstock has a pretty good explanation as to why an expensive and powerful-as-hell machine is needed:

“The recommended PC specification is an NVIDIA GTX 970 or AMD 290, Intel i5-4590, and 8GB RAM. This configuration will be held for the lifetime of the Rift and should drop in price over time.”

Key word there “lifetime”Still though, even with bargain bin prices over at Newegg, if you’re planning on building a desktop from scratch just to run the Rift, it’s going to cost over $1,000. However, given that most computers that are custom built usually last 6+ years with proper maintenance, it’s a solid investment to make, especially for new tech like the Rift. Still, a bit steep for those who have a decent computer but who most likely will have to shell out a few hundred bucks on top of the added cost of the unit itself. Will Rift be able to somehow optimize the software and hardware specs to where low end PCs can run it? Probably not, but one can hope.

Source: Oculus Rift

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