Oculus lowers minimum requirements for PC users

by Radu Tyrsina
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The Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset developed and manufactured by Oculus. The headset comes with an OLED display supporting a resolution of 1200×1080 pixels per eye, a 90Hz refresh rate and 100° field of view. The headset also comes with integrated headphones that produce 3D audio as well as helps facilitate positional and rotational tracking.

Constellation is its positional tracking system and is performed by a stationary infrared sensor that picks up the light emitted by the IR LEDs integrated into the headset. Usually, the sensor sits on a user’s desk to create a 3D space that allows you to use the headset while standing, sitting or walking around the room.

However, in order to use the Oculus Rift, you had to purchase an expensive computer. Now, that’s not the case: According to Oculus, the headset now requires a PC with lower minimum specifications to run the VR device. This was made possible thanks to new Async SpaceWarp technology, which means that computers with an Intel Core i3 processor and a NVIDIA 960 graphics card will be able to run the Oculus Rift.

Last year, Oculus announced that the minimum specifications of Oculus Ready PCs start at $999. Now, after this announcement, this number is only $499. Oculus also announced it is now trying to certify Oculus Ready laptops for the first time in the coming month.

What are your thoughts about Oculus Rift? Will you purchase this headset to use with your computer?


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