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Nvidia's 'VR ready' notebook GPUs are another small step to making VR mainstream

Nvidia brings its latest desktop GTX 10-series GPUs to laptops, and it aims to bring VR to the gaming masses.

GTX 10-series GPUs
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You don't need a desktop PC to be able to make use of VR, as Nvidia is releasing three new GeForce GTX 10-series GPUs for laptops.

The new Pascal-powered chips are the GeForce GTX 1080, GeForce GTX 1070, and GeForce GTX 1060.

Here are the technical specs:

GTX 10-series GPU tech specs

Tech specs for the GTX 10-series GPU. (Image: Nvidia)

Since laptop sales have been outperforming desktop sales ever since 2010, it makes sense for Nvidia to bring its latest desktop GTX technology to portables. And, yes, these are desktop-grade GPUs and not cut-down mobile versions.

The biggest and best trick up the sleeve of the new GTX 10-series GPUs is that they are VR-ready, and Nvidia hopes that these GPUs will result in an uptick in the number of VR-capable notebooks that are in use.

And they're not as expensive as you might think, with Nvidia claiming that a notebook can be had for as little as $1,299.

Systems powered by the new GTX 10-series GPUs are available from all the major hardware makers, such as MSI, ASUS, and Gigabyte. At the top end are systems such as this GeForce GTX 1080-powered laptop from MSI, which retails for $3,600.

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