Oculus Rift ready

Oculus has already announced the hardware requirements for a Windows PC to use its upcoming Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Now the company says it is partnering with PC hardware companies to offer consumers some "Oculus Ready" rigs that are made specifically for the Oculus Rift headset with prices starting at less than $1,000.

During the Oculus Connect developer conference keynote, the company revealed that Dell and its gaming PC division Alienware will offer "Oculus Ready" PCs, along with ASUS. All of those PCs will use Intel processors and NVIDIA graphics chips inside. Those PCs will be sold with an "Oculus Ready" logo to let consumers know that those rigs can use the headset with no problems.

Here's a quick reminder of the minimal hardware requirements for a PC that can use the Oculus Rift:

  • NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater
  • Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
  • 8GB+ RAM
  • Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
  • 2x USB 3.0 ports
  • Windows 7 SP1 or newer

Oculus has still not revealed a price for Rift headset itself.