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Oculus: Nvidia GTX 980 is a ‘great portable option’ for Oculus Rift

When Oculus VR announced the recommended PC specifications to run its Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) earlier in the year, many assumed that this meant the end of running VR experiences on laptops. Graphics processing company Nvidia disagrees. The company has today announced that it is bringing its powerful GTX 980 graphics cards into a range of laptops. Even Oculus VR itself is pleased with the news, it would seem, as the company has labelled the GTX 980 notebook a ‘great portable option’ for the Oculus Rift.

Oculus Rift consumer headset

“The new GTX 980 notebook offers a great portable option for the Oculus Rift,” Oculus VR recently noted on Twitter. “We’re excited to see high-performance notebooks powering VR!” Nvidia itself claims that the GTX 980 gives its laptops around a 30 percent performance boost over its older flagship GPU, the GTX 980M. The company is partnering with manufacturers such as Asus and Micro-Star International, placing the GPU inside their units. Initial buzz from the press seems to suggest that the results are truly positive.

Oculus VR itself is gearing up to share more about the consumer Oculus Rift HMD at its Oculus Connect 2 developer conference from 23rd – 25th September 2015. CEO Brendan Iribe will be taking to the stage on the morning of the 24th to deliver an update on the device, which is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2016. He’ll also be talking about the kit’s upcoming input solution, Oculus Touch, as well the company’s other HMD, Gear VR, which is a mobile device that is made in partnership with Samsung.

VRFocus will continue to follow Nvidia’s work in VR closely, reporting back with the latest updates from the company.