A massive announcement has been made by Nvidia this week with the release of the Virtual Reality Ready Program, which essentially is a branding initiative that been created to help gamers easily identify PC components and entire systems that can cope with virtual reality hardware demands.
What's more the press release from Nvidia goes on to say how they wanted to make it as clear as possible to customers which systems and components would be suitable for virtual reality. Furthermore as part of the program Nvidia's partners will apply a “VR-ready” badge to products that meet Nvidia's minimum hardware requirements for virtual reality. In addition due to that branding customers/gamers will be able pick out the out combinations for a new build, or go to a retailer for an entire VR-ready system without worrying about stuttering frame rates or system lock-ups further down the line.
When it comes to actual system requirements for virtual reality Nvidia has worked with developers and hardware makers to set minimum system requirements for VR. They listed Nvidia's Maxwell-based GTX 970 graphics card as the minimum requirement for a GPU and the GTX 980 recommended for more demanding. The full list of virtual reality system requirements are listed below:
-Desktop GPU: GeForce GTX 970 or better
-Mobile GPU: GeForce GTX 980 or better
-CPU: Intel Core i5- 4590 equivalent or greater CPU
-A PC with USB 3.0 support,
-8GB+ RAM of Memory/RAM
-2x USB 3.0 ports and HDMI 1.3
-Windows 7 SP1 or newer
This announcement from Nvidia also coincided with Oculus opening up pre-orders for the Oculus Rift on January 6th from there website. Alongside and part of the Rift pre-order is 2 games: Lucky’s Tale by Playful, and CCP’s EVE: Valkyrie, which come as a free bundle. For info visit the Oculus website as more update are sure to be released.
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