Oculus Rift: Is your PC ready for it? (Hint: It probably isn't)

Before you part with $600 to get your hands on the new Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, make sure that you PC is up to handling it. Chances are that it can't.

Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets are now available for pre-order, but before you put $600 down for this new gadget, you need to make sure that your PC can handle it, because if it can't, you'll be spending a lot more than $600.

The following are the recommended PC spec for running Oculus Rift:

  • Graphics card: NVIDIA GTX 970 or AMD R9 290 equivalent or greater
  • CPU: Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
  • RAM: 8GB+ RAM
  • Video output: Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
  • USB ports: 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port
  • OS: Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer

Not sure what's inside your PC? Download the official compatibility checker.

If your PC doesn't have this spec -- and chances are that even if you have a high-end gaming system, you might need to hang new parts on it -- be prepared to spend money. Remember, with high-end gaming PCs, it's not a case of how fast you want the system to be, but how fast you want to spend money.

Want to just buy a new PC to go with the Oculus Rift headset? Oculus-ready systems from Asus, Dell, and Alienware start at around $1,000.

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