While companies are trying to advance virtual reality (VR) technology through improved audio or wireless connectivity, one of the biggest hurdles – entry cost – also needs to be tackled. This is being achieved in various ways, graphic card manufacturers like AMD and NVIDIA released products during 2016 that increased performance whilst dropping costs, and Oculus created Asynchronous Spacewarp to allow lower specced PC’s to run VR. This week Oculus, AMD and PC manufacturer Cyberpower have announced a new PC/Rift bundle that includes everything consumers need to get started, creating a VR Ready Gaming PC that retails for $499 USD.
The CyberPowerPC Gamer Ultra VR GUAVR3000B1 PC includes the quad-core AMD FX 4350 processor and the all-new AMD Radeon RX 470 graphics card, with 4GB of GDDR5 on board. It will also come with 8 GB of memory and a 1 TB hard drive. The PC can only be purchased with the Oculus Rift as an all-in-one bundle, so the actual price is $1,099.98 USD, dropping the cost by $150 from $1,249.98.
“This bundle will be the first complete AMD Oculus-ready gaming PC that provides the full experience of VR gaming at an affordable price,” said Eric Cheung, CEO of CyberPowerPC.
“Less than a year after launching the Oculus Ready program, we’re thrilled to see that the all-in price for jumping into the highest-quality VR experience continues to drop by hundreds of dollars,” said Nate Mitchell, VR of Product, Oculus. “Thanks to the efforts of hardware companies like CyberPowerPC and AMD, more people will have the opportunity to enjoy the amazing games and experiences coming to Rift this year.”
The Gamer Ultra VR Bundle is available for purchase on BestBuy.com and should be coming to Amazon.com soon. VRFocus will continue to cover the latest VR bundle deals, reporting back with any further updates.
Gamer ULTRA VR Specs:
|CPU||AMD FX 4350 @ 4.2GHz|
|GPU||Radeon RX 470 4GB|
|System RAM||8GB DDR3 memory|
|Hard Drive Capacity||1TB 7200RPM|
|Optical Drive||DVD+RW, DVD-RW|
|Keyboard + Mouse Included||Yes|
|USB Connectivity||3x USB 3.0, 7x USB 2.0|