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Nvidia - What your PC needs to run VR

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Nvidia wants to make gaming with VR an easier experience for PC gamers. "For customers, navigating an emerging technology like VR can be daunting. We're working with trusted partners worldwide to simplify the buying process with a GeForce GTX VR Ready badge that will let customers quickly identify PCs or add-in cards that are capable of handling the demands of VR," announced Jason Paul, Nvidia general manager of emerging technologies, at CES yesterday.

According to Nvidia, playing VR games will require seven times the graphics processing power than that of traditional 3D games. Framerates will be above 90 frames per second - for two simultaneous images; one for each eye. To put VR's graphics demands in perspective, Nvidia compares it to "PC gaming running 1920x1080 at 30 fps on a single screen compared to a VR headset running at 1680x1512 at 90 fps on each of two screens."

To make VR gaming simpler, Nvidia developed the GeForce GTX VR Ready program, in partnership with leading manufacturers for PC, laptops and graphics cards. The partners include the likes of Alienware, EVGA and MSI.

Nvidia VR Ready Laptops

  • Minimum requirement GPU: GTX 980

"VR has traditionally been reserved for desktops, but NVIDIA has given notebooks such as the MSI GT72 Dominator and GT80 Titan with GeForce GTX 980 the necessary punch to bring virtual experiences to life while on the go. NVIDIA's GeForce GTX VR Ready badge makes identifying VR capable machines easy and guarantees a fantastic and immersive gaming experience." Andy Tung, president of MSI Pan America, MSI 

Nvidia VR Ready PC's

  • Minimum requirement GPU:  GeForce GTX 970
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 processor or equivalent
  • RAM: At least 8 GB
  • Two USB 3.0 ports
  • HDMI 1.3 port
  • Windows 7 with Service Pack or newer

Source: Nvidia

A few days ago AMD announced that their VR graphics card, the Dual-Fiji "Gemini," release date will be pushed back to align with the release of VR headsets. The Fiji Gemini will replace AMD's R9 295X2 as the world's fastest graphics card.

In other VR news, Oculus Rift pre-orders open in just 48 hours! The company announced the news via a blog post. "We’re excited to announce that pre-orders for Rift will open on Oculus.com at 8am Pacific Time on January 6!"

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