Oculus Rift Recommended PC Specs Revealed

Posted on by Jackie Mueller

You may have heard that the consumer version of Oculus Rift is set to drop in Q1 2016. Pre-orders are on track to begin later this year for the VR gaming device, so now’s the time to make sure your PC can handle all that virtual reality goodness.

To help gamers prepare, the team at Oculus has announced the recommended PC specifications to ensure the best possible experience.


Atman Binstock, Chief Architect at Oculus and technical director of the Rift, stated the following in a recent post on the Oculus blog:

“Given the challenges around VR graphics performance, the Rift will have a recommended specification to ensure that developers can optimize for a known hardware configuration, which ensures a better player experience of comfortable sustained presence. The recommended PC specification is an NVIDIA GTX 970 or AMD 290, Intel i5-4590, and 8GB RAM. This configuration will be held for the lifetime of the Rift and should drop in price over time.”

Keep in mind this is recommended hardware for an optimal VR experience – it’s not necessarily required hardware.  So if your video card isn’t the latest and greatest for example, there’s a good chance that games will allow you to turn down settings to achieve the Rift’s 90Hz refresh rate.

There are also a few things your PC will need.  Here’s what’s required:

  • Windows 7 SP1 or newer
  • 2x USB 3.0 ports
  • HDMI 1.3 video output supporting a 297MHz clock via a direct output architecture

Most modern PC’s won’t have an issue with these requirements, but the last bullet point could be of concern to laptop users. Binstock states that “almost no current laptops have the GPU performance for the recommended spec, though upcoming mobile GPUs may be able to support this level of performance.”

What are your thoughts on the Oculus Rift?  Will you be pre-ordering one?  Anyone planning on some PC upgrades to prepare for the release?

Jackie Mueller

Jackie’s life changed forever when she got her first video game console, an Atari 2600. She has been gaming nonstop for three decades on both consoles and computers, and it inspired her to pursue a career in the IT field. When she’s not gaming, Jackie can usually be found shredding the trails on her mountain bike.

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