CyberPowerPC launches $499 AMD-powered Oculus Ready gaming PC

Just as promised during the last Oculus Connect developer conference, CyberPowerPC has launched a $499 Oculus Ready VR gaming PC. Powered by an AMD processor and Radeon graphics, the VR rig is meant to significantly lowers the barrier to entry for getting into VR while still delivering a solid experience via the Oculus Rift.

Here's a breakdown of some of the rig's base specs, from AMD:

  • 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
  • USB Connectivity 3x USB 3.0, 7x USB 2.0
  • Model # GUAVR3000B1

If you're worried about performance, the PC is officially certified as part of the Oculus Ready program, so it should still provide a pretty good VR experience despite sporting lower specs than we're used to seeing from a VR rig. A big reason for that is due to Oculus relatively new Asynchronous Spacewarp feature, which essentially allows the PC to do less work by rendering fewer frames while the Oculus software fills in the gaps.

Do note that there is a slight catch to the PC's $499 price tag. If you were hoping to only purchase the PC at $499, you're slightly out of luck. The Gamer Ultra VR Desktop PC, as it's called, is only currently available at $499 when bundled with the Oculus Rift, driving the full price to just north of $1,000. Still, if you were planning to grab an Oculus Rift with the PC anyway, the bundle deal still makes sense to grab.

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