Today marks the start of a new age. The mighty Oculus Rift starts shipping to consumers today. I’ve never gotten my hands on one but I do own the Oculus Gear VR and I can say that even with just the power of my Galaxy S7, VR is something that must be experienced. The Gear VR requires less than half the RAM suggested for its big brother and considerably less processing power and yet it still has the ability to amaze.
The PC needed to power The Rift will set you back about $850+ on top of the $599 for The Rift itself. The minimum specs for a PC to work with the VR set are as follows:
- NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater
- Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
- 8GB+ RAM
- Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
- 2x USB 3.0 ports
- Windows 7 SP1 or newer
It’s a hefty sum for sure but one that I can say with a perfectly straight face is worth it.
This is the future of entertainment. Yes it is prohibitively expensive. Yes you look goofy wearing it, yes you may hurt yourself if you are not careful, but its all worth it when you actually get to step into another world. Even the simple movie theater you sit in while watching videos feels incredibly real. If you have a large piggy bank exclusively for toys I say put your order in today for The Rift. Purchases made today are estimated to ship in July.
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-DesertFawkz The Blood Raven