The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is coming in early 2016, but you don’t have to wait until then to buy a gaming PC that will be able to work with the hardware. Earlier this year Oculus revealed the minimum specs for a “full Rift experience,” and now the company has started partnering with PC makers to highlight “Oculus Ready” computers.
All of the first computers to earn that label have starting prices of $999 or less.
Right now, Oculus is saying we can expect Oculus-ready systems from Asus, Dell, and Alienware (which is actually a Dell sub-brand, so we’re just talking two companies so far… but more computer makers will probably be added to the list eventually).
Those computers feature Intel Core i5-4590 or faster processors, NVIDIA GTX 970 or AMD 290 or faster graphics, at least 8GB of RAM, at least two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI 1.3 or better output, and Windows 7 SP1 or newer software.
Now that NVIDIA is offering desktop-class graphics for laptops, we could start to see portable systems with Oculus support soon. But don’t expect those to be priced under $1000.