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Can My PC Run VR Games: Read Before You Purchase

Can My PC Run VR Games: Read Before You Purchase

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With the improvement in Virtual reality  technology, VR  games are becoming the front runner in new entertainment technology. We believe VR headsets will become a regular house hold appliance by the year 2030. Many people will use VR headsets not just for fun and entertainment, but also for task, simulation training, therapy, medical, and many other amazing things.  So we should definitely keep an eye on this type of technology because it is the future.  Now back to the main topic, Can my PC run VR games? The answer to the question is Yes, you can run VR games on your computer, but most VR games require a significant amount of graphic power so if your computer specs are not up to par then you’ll run into trouble while playing.  Let’s take a closer look as to why.

Vr games use a significant amount of  processing power and graphic resources to run without clithces so prepare to over compensate on hardware if you want to have a consistent and satisfying  user experience.

In order to identify what type of setting will be required, then you will have to know what type of VR Headset you desire.  Each VR headset is different and will require different resources. Let’s go over each VR Headset

 

Oculus Rift

This is probably one of the most popular VR PC headsets out right now. The unit attaches to your computer’s DVI  or HDMI port and brings an alarming 1280 x 1440 pixels per second at 90 hz refresh rate. It also has seven sensors for outstanding processing speed . The headset  has a premium build which makes it more comfortable and fitting. This gaming experience on a Oculus Rift is nothing short of amazing. Woodcrest virtual environments in an advanced interaction, many people pink oculus is leading the way in virtual reality games.

 

Recommended hardware for the Oculus Rift:

Graphics card:  Nvida Ge Force force  Gtx 1060 or better; AMD Radeon Rx 480 or better ( sorry guys theres not really a way to get around this. You have to have a good graphics card for a great experience.

Processor:  Intel Core I5- 4590+ ; AMD Ryzen 5 1500x+ ( Most new computers will come with these specs at a minimum)

Video output/Input: HDMI 1.3 & 3 USB 3.0 Ports

Operating System:  Windows 8.1 or later

Minimum requirements for the Oculus Rift

Graphics card:  NvidaGe Force GTX 1050 Ti or better; AMD Radeon RX 470

 

Valve Index

The Valve Index is a great VR Headset that can stand with the top dogs in the VR world. This VR headset was created in 2019 by Valve and has sense sold over 150,000 world wide. ( These numbers are subject to change as the years fly by) With a top refresh rate up to 120 hertz(144 experimental), this headset is one the most powerful VR equipment ever produced. Also note, this unit is backwards compatible with HTC Vive  and pro controllers

Recommended hardware for the Valve Index

Graphics card: NVIDIA GTX 1070 / AMD equivalent or greater

Processor: Quad Core 

Video output/Input: Display port 1.2 1x USB 2.0 Port ( USB 3.0 required from camera pass-through)

Operating System: Windows 10 & Linux

 

 

HTC VIVE

HTC has teamed up with Valve to bring a one of a kind virtual reality headset/system. The device was first introduced in 2016 and has been a front runner in the VR world. With its 1400X1600 resolution LCDs and a popular room-scale tracking technology, this VR reality device allows you to interactive in the 3d world like no other. The unit also comes with outside cameras so that you don’t have to take your headset off to view the real world. It supports up to 1500 games on Steam.

Recommended hardware for the HTC Vive

Graphics card: NVIDIA Geforce GPU /  Intel(R) HD Graphics 520

Resolution 1400X1600 LCDs Full RGB Pixel Ultra-low persistence global black light

Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6600u CPU @ 2.60GHz 8GB of Ram

Video output/Input: Display port 1.2 1x USB 2.0 Port ( USB 3.0 required from camera pass-through)

Operating System: Windows 10 Fall Creators update or later

 

 

Windows Mixed Reality

The Windows mixed reality VR headset is one of a kind. Microsoft  has created a VR platform that runs on Windows 10. You teamed up with ________ to create a headset that doesn’t need camera sensors. The headsets uses whats called an inside out tracking system which cancels out the need for boundary camera sensors. This Virtual platform has teamed up with Steam and offers over 2500 games.

 

Recommended hardware for the Windows Mixed Reality

Graphics card: Integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 (GT2) equivalent or greater DX12 API Capable GPU

Processor: Intel Mobile Core i5 (e.g. 7200U) Dual-Core with Hyper threading equivalent

RAM: 8 GB

Video output/Input: Display port 1.2 1x USB 2.0 Port ( USB 3.0 required from camera pass-through)

Operating System: Windows 10

 

 

 

What computers can run VR

If you don’t want to take the effort to research and upgrade your graphic cards, ram,  and processors, then it will probably make more sense to purchase a new computer capable of running a VR system with no issues. The computers below will run every VR game with ease.

  1. Corsair Venage Gaming PC 5180
  2. Dell Inspirion gaming desktop 5680
  3. Digital Storm Lynx
  4. Maingear

 

What Laptops can run VR

If you don’t want deal with purchasing a CPU and prefer more of a portable solution, then here are the top VR-Ready laptops.

  1. Razer Blade 15
  2. Alienware m15 OLED
  3. Alienware Area-51m
  4. MSI GS75 Stealth

 

 

Mark Franks Mark Franks is an Author/ Entrepreneur/Youtuber who has a strong passion for technology. He's the owner of three websites and has authored three books in different subjects. He also holds a bachelors degree in Information Security Systems.

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