The Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive are virtual reality headsets that work with personal computers to give users the VR experience. However, these devices are placed in the high-end market and, as such, they require top-of-the-line prerequisites for the headsets to work properly. If you’re not sure if your PC can handle these VR headsets, then not to worry as both Valve and Oculus do provide the necessary tools for people to quickly check if their computers can handle the weight.
Checking if Your PC is Ready for Virtual Reality
In order to test if your PC is ready for use of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, the company provides a downloadable software called the Oculus Rift Compatibility Tool. Once you do, start the application by running it. What the tool does is it will check your computer’s hardware to make sure you have the minimum required CPU, RAM, graphics processor, and the number of USB ports available to support the headset. The program will also test your computer’s motherboard’s USB controller if it is good enough. Why is this necessary? It is because there seem to be issues with regards to older motherboards and the Oculus Rift.
If your PC does not pass the test, then it will tell you what area of concern needs to be upgraded upon. For instance, it will tell you if you need to upgrade your graphics card. This is great so that you no longer have to look around in the dark and trying to figure out what to upgrade for your computer.
If you’re more interested in the HTC Vive VR headset, then download the SteamVR Performance Test instead. This program can be downloaded through Steam. While the Oculus software will just compare your PC’s current hardware specifications against its own database, the SteamVR Performance tool, on the other hand, will run a benchmark test to see if your PC is able to render the VR content at 90-frames-per-second.
Using the SteamVR Performance Test tool is great even if your computer has already passed the Oculus test if your PC is capable of handling virtual reality. This is because it will give you some idea of the graphical quality you can expect with regards to letting you experience a smooth performance while playing VR games. If you have the cash and don’t want to build or upgrade PCs, then do know that both Oculus and HTC are advertising their own ready-made PCs so that you don’t have to think about what kind of specs your computer needs to handle VR.
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