Last week saw Oculus VR confirm the news that virtual reality (VR) developers and fans alike had been waiting years to hear; the consumer version of the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) will be launching in the first quarter of 2016. The VR specialist announced the news along with the promise of plenty more reveals for the device in the build up to E3 2015 from 16th – 18th June. Specifically, the company confirmed that it would be lifting the lid on the recommended specifications for hardware to run the Oculus Rift this week. Those specifications have now arrived.
Oculus VR suggests that those looking to use the Oculus Rift are equipped with:
- 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
“The goal is for all Rift games and applications to deliver a great experience on this configuration,” the company noted in the latest Oculus Blog. “Ultimately, we believe this will be fundamental to VR’s success, as developers can optimize and tune their game for a known specification, consistently achieving presence and simplifying development.”
There’s still plenty more to learn about the Oculus Rift in the seven to ten months until its arrival. Oculus VR’s publishing arm has already revealed that it is working with Playful Corp. on Lucky’s Tale as well as CCP Games on the PC version of EVE: Valkyrie, but hopefully the company has more in the works on the software side, including news on its first-party efforts headed up by Naughty Dog founder Jason Rubin. Some of this news is expected before and during E3, while other announcements will likely be kept for later events such as Gamescom and the as-of-yet unconfirmed return of the Oculus Connect developer conference.
VRFocus will continue to follow Oculus VR’s progress with the Oculus Rift closely, reporting back with any further updates on the company and the kit.