But the Rift is just a headset. You’ll need to connect it with a computer if you actually want to play games, watch immersive videos, or find other ways to explore virtual worlds.
What kind of computer? One that probably costs at least $800 and possibly much more.
Oculus has released some recommended specs for “the full Rift experience.” Basically, you’ll want a machine that has the following:
- Intel Core i5-4590 Haswell or faster processor
- NVIDA GTX 970 or AMD Radeon 290 or faster graphics
- At least 8GB of RAM
- HDMI 1.3 video output with support for a 297 MHz clock via direct output architecture (not typically available in current laptops)
- At least two USB 3.0 ports
- Windows 7 SP1 or later (OS X and Linux development are on hold for now)
Put all of those pieces together and you’ll have a computer that costs around $800 or $1000, depending on who you ask. And that’s not counting the cost of the Oculus Rift headset itself, which could cost as much as $400.
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