Preorders for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset are finally open to all, but you’ll need a beefy computer running Windows to use it. This tool will check your system and see what you need to upgrade so you’re ready come launch in May.
The future of VR is pretty exciting, sure, but also expensive. Not only will you need to fork over $920 excluding shipping for the Oculus Rift headset, you’ll also need to have an incredibly powerful rig to use it. A typical gaming PC will likely need an upgrade, and even top of the line gaming rigs will probably need a new video card. Here are the minimum recommended specs:
Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 equivalent or greater
CPU: Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
Memory: 8GB+ RAM
Video Output: Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
USB Ports: 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 ports
OS: Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer
If you want to see where your PC is in need of some power, head to the link below and download the compatibility tool.
Oculus Rift Compatibility Tool [Oculus]