It’s no secret that virtual reality (VR) technology is going to bring about a revolution in terms of content, but in order for that to happen the hardware that powers these experiences also needs to evolve. Consumers need high powered PCs to run head-mounted displays (HMDs) like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. One company powering those PCs is GPU manufacturer Nvidia, which is doing a lot of work to try and accelerate the power of PCs for the arrival of VR. In fact, according to the company, there are 13 million PCs in the world right now that support VR.
That is according to WallStreet.org, which is citing a Q4 earnings report from the company. Apparently the company is excited by what VR will mean for the advancement of PC hardware. If the company’s figure is accurate, that puts something of a cap on just how many Oculus Rift and HTC Vive units could be run right now, though that may well change with the release of Oculus VR’s Oculus Ready PCs, a set of rigs from various manufacturers that meet the HMD’s recommended specs and will be able to run all content release for the kit in the near future.
For comparison, the PlayStation 4 was last reported to have sold around 36 million units. The console has its own VR HMD in the upcoming PlayStation VR, and everyone that owns a PlayStation 4 will be able to pick up the kit provided they also have the PlayStation Move camera.
Nvidia also reportedly stated that at least 100 titles would be shipping for the Oculus Rift before the end of 2016. Following the report, the company’s stock went up by 3.2%.
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