A Useful Tool Checks If Your PC Is Ready For Oculus Rift

A Useful Tool Checks If Your PC Is Ready For Oculus Rift

Let's say you're interested in Oculus Rift. Maybe you're like me, and you pre-ordered one to be safe. (You can cancel before it ships!) Thing is, Oculus Rift requires a beefy PC to work, but there's a tool to let you know if you're set. The tool is readily available on the Oculus Rift pre-order page, even if you have no intention of buying the virtual reality set.

Here are the specs Oculus recommends:

  • 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 port
  • OS :Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer

It only takes a few seconds for the program to scan you computer and deliver the results. Drum roll, please...

I'm good to go on everything but my CPU, which makes sense — it's from 2009. It's the the one lagging piece of my hardware, the thing that's stopping most of my games from regularly hitting 60 frames-per-second, despite my GTX 970.

Here's what my PC looks like, by the way:

A Useful Tool Checks If Your PC Is Ready For Oculus Rift

I should probably upgrade to Windows 10 at some point, too? If only to make that annoying dialog box that keeps popping up go away.

Anyway, looks like I'm in the market for a new CPU! What about you?


    I'm in the market for a whole new PC (I move around lots for work and only carry a MacBook Pro with me). I've been planning a silent but powerful miniATX (5 years in the planning and designed from the ground up/ not really, just buying ready-made parts and putting them together. lol).

    But the hard rule is to not trust those artificial assessments and rely on real-world performance and quality.

    So, the only reasonable method seems to be to wait till at least one of the HMDs get tested and bench-marked.

    This has another benefit, where the components will come down in price, better yet I want to see how HBM2 performs.

    Upgrading your components soon after having seen the above results would be a huge mistake, IMO.

    Last edited 08/01/16 11:11 am

    I'd need a new GPU, which stings a bit because I got a new one only last year.
    Ohwait... no, that was 2yrs ago. Huh.

    And now I can buy something twice as good for like $350AU. *facepalm*

    Looks like I pretty much have the minimum requirements for every category on that test (except memory). So I'd be fine now but by next year or whenever I'd be more likely to buy one, most of it'll be out of date for new games again

    in theory i have everything except GPU, i have a 280. however i dont have $1k laying around for the rift in the first place. intrigued to see how it performs but may be waiting a while before i get to try one

      You can still try the utility from their webpage.

    My AMD cpu is in excess of the I-5 they're asking for there and it's telling me I need that I-5...

    Somethings fucky....

      They seem most definitely Intel-nVidia biased.

        Very much so. I went AMD this build due to financial restrictions, it's worked beautifully for me so far, no regrets at all.

          Isn't this even worse for them?

          They are restricting us with the price of the HMD, then they want us to use their preferred brands (probably going to hike up the price of these components even further due to demand) not to mention being anti-competitive.

          I have my doubts as to how the adoption of the Rift would be. I think the install base will be just slightly larger than DK1+DK2. If people start to pirate games after that (because they can't afford the games), it's all over.

          I think they will also tie the games to an Oculus/FaceBook account, so you will only get to play Oculus games and no VIVE games on the Rift.

          I think the biggest thing they want to sell us on is the Oculus Store. The hardware is the Trojan.Think about it, FaceBook will be the biggest commodity seller of virtual goods. That is the end-game.

    Apparently my laptop doesn't meet the required specs. 8(

    How about I get it when the oculus meets my requirements?

    First thing is the price.
    Second thing is, I'm out if I need fb to play anything I want to play.
    Thirdly, by time I need to upgrade my PC, I will expect the price to be less of that PC.

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