Virtual reality games have become immensely popular in the recent months. These days almost everyone has experienced playing a virtual reality game at least on their smartphones if not on their computers. Now gaming industry has become really serious about virtual reality games and they are manufacturing really high end virtual reality headsets, for example, the Oculus Rift. It is a virtual reality headset complete with headphones and can be used to play virtual reality games on a Windows PC.
At present Oculus Rift is being sold at around US$599 but the price may go higher in forthcoming months. But before you spend hundreds of dollars for this expensive VR headset, you should check if it will be supported by your existing PC. Oculus Rift has really high system requirements.
In order to check your PC compatibility with Oculus Rift, you can download the Oculus Rift Compatibility Checker and launch it in your PC. Then you have to click on the Start button to make it scan your PC hardware. It takes only a few seconds before displaying the results. Do not expect too much if you do not have a really high end PC. I tested my own computers and some of my friends’ and the result was not very encouraging.
In general, you would need a PC with 8 GB of RAM, 4 USB ports (three USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0), Windows 8.1 or newer, NVIDIA GTX 970 or AMD 290 as graphics card, and Intel i5-4590 processor or equivalent. If your PC lacks any single of these things, then Oculus Rift won’t work. But do not lose heart, you can order a brand new PC by clicking on the Order PC button in the compatibility checker itself. This PC is guaranteed to work with Oculus Rift and moreover would be good enough to run all the PC games available in the market today.
You can download Oculus Rift Compatibility Checker tool from https://ocul.us/compat-tool.