If you plan on buying the HTC Vive VR headset, you can now check whether your computer is fast enough.
Virtual Reality comes at a high cost. The Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive high-end VR headsets sell for $599 and $799 respectively. This is though just part of the investment necessary to become an early adopter of the new wave of virtual reality. Your Windows PC needs to be up to the task as well.
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HTC's partner Steam has released a new performance testing app, that finds out in two minutes if your PC is Vive ready. The SteamVR Performance Test measures your system's rendering power using a sequence from Valve’s Aperture Robot Repair VR demo.
After collecting the data it determines whether your system is capable of running VR content at 90fps and whether VR content can tune the visual fidelity up to the recommended level. For machines that are not VR Ready the tool can help determine whether capabilities are bound by Graphics Card, CPU, or both.
The app is available for free at steam.com. To run the app Windows 7 SP1 and higher is required.
The recommended hardware for the Vive includes:
- GPU: - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 290 equivalent or greater
- CPU: - Intel i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350 equivalent or greater
- RAM: - 4GB+
- Video Output: - HDMI 1.4 or DisplayPort 1.2 or newer
- USB Port: - 1x USB 2.0 or greater port
- Operating System: - Windows 7 SP1 or newer
The $799 HTC Vive will be released for pre-order at 10am ET on Feb 29. Shipment of the HTV Vive begins in early April.
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