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Post by KostaAndreadis @ 03:53pm 23/02/16 | 10 Comments
Getting VR to run as intended will require a fairly decent rig. Actually scratch that, it will need a straight up gaming PC. With the system requirements for HTC and Valve's Vive being similar to those for the Oculus Rift, Valve has released a handy tool that will give you detailed feedback about your PC.

And in the nicest way possible, break the bad news. This isn't merely a system check, and weighing in at around 5GB this is a comprehensive app that also doubles as a benchmark tool. You can grab it here (direct link). Plus, it's Portal-themed. Which kind of makes it instantly the best benchmark tool out there.

And for reference here are the minimum specs for both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. As you can see they're pretty similar.

HTC Vive
    Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970, AMD Radeon R9 290 equivalent, or greater
    Processor: Intel i5-4590, AMD FX 8350 equivalent, or greater
    RAM: 4GB+
    Video Output: HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2, or newer
    USB Port: 1x USB 2.0 or greater port
    Operating System: Windows 7 SP1 or newer

Oculus Rift
    Graphics card: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater
    Processor: Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
    RAM: 8GB+ RAM
    Video Output: Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
    USB Port: 2x USB 3.0 ports
    Operating System: Windows 7 SP1 or newer

And just like with the Rift, HTC is partnering with PC manufacturers to sell Vive-Ready PCs.

htc vivesystem requirementsspecsbenchmarkvalve

Latest Comments
Posted 04:03pm 23/2/16

This looks so f*****g scary.
Posted 04:55pm 23/2/16
I'm sure when people saw the first big LAN party they thought it looked scary :P people being sucked into their computers and addicted, no longer interested in the outside world.
oh that's already happened haha
Posted 05:41pm 23/2/16
possibly a borg hive mind
Posted 07:47pm 23/2/16
It's only scary because of zuckerberg in the picture. The f***** is a creep
Posted 09:47pm 23/2/16
Thanks downloading the benchmark tool now.

System came back very high; Shame the prices are so expensive...
Posted 10:15am 24/2/16
That is possibly my favourite technology photo ever
Posted 12:03pm 24/2/16
I want to make a game for VR that lets you go inside the internet and ring all the phones in the world at the same time
Tanaka Khan
Posted 08:00pm 24/2/16
My system came back in the green (VR Ready)
Posted 09:48pm 24/2/16

Posted 09:58pm 24/2/16
My system came back in the green (VR Ready)

As expected, I will need at least new video card (a 760 was never going to cut it).

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