If you take a keen interest in PC gaming, you may have recently considered a fresh build or an upgrade. Now is a good time to take another look at your figures and plan for the future. The Oculus Rift PC requirements have been announced, and you should probably sit down. In order to run the Oculus Rift headset, you will need:
- 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
There is some good news about these recommended specs, however: they won’t change over the lifetime of the Oculus Rift. “As the equivalent-performance hardware becomes less expensive, more users will have systems capable of the full Rift experience,” said Oculus technical director Atman Binstock. The team at Oculus also said “The goal is for all Rift games and applications to deliver a great experience on this configuration”. For those of us with machines not capable of running the Rift, there is a choice to be made between upgrading now, or holding off for cheaper components when the device is made available.
After seeing the EVE: Valkyrie VR Pre-Alpha Gameplay Trailer, opening up your wallet and throwing down a credit card seems like an attractive option. We reached out to CCP Games and asked about Valkyrie. CCP said “It will be released when the platform launches,” and the minimum requirements will likely be the same for the Rift.
While there is no release date set for the Oculus Rift, preorders will open later this year. It is expected to reach the general public at the beginning of 2016.
This article originally appeared on TheMittani.com, written by Nick Arnini.