Oculus has finally updated it's original PC-based VR powerhouse, and dubbed it the Rift S. This new headset has a ton of great new features, but the one thing it still needs to deliver the best experience is a great computer. Just how great, though? Here's a quick look at how to check and make sure your PC is able to handle this new VR, so you can make some upgrades before the headset drops if need be.

Related: Which graphics card do you need for VR?

How to check your PC specs: the easiest way

Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Hit the Windows Key + R to open up the Run command window.
  2. Type in "dxdiag.exe" and hit OK to open up the "DirectX Diagnostic Tool".

  3. View the System and Display tabs to check your specs.

Another way to check your PC specs

  1. Hit the Windows Key + E to open up the File Explorer.
  2. Right click on This PC over on the left sidebar.

  3. Select Properties.

    A new window will open up listing all of your computer's specs. If any information is missing or isn't listed, like what kind of graphics card you have, you'll need to go through a few extra steps.

  4. In that same window that opened up, select Control Panel Home in the top left corner.

  5. Select either Display or Hardware and Sound if Display is not shown. (Hardware and Sound should then show you your integrated graphics if you do not have a separate graphics card.)

  6. In Display, select the Advanced settings to view your dedicated graphics card information. (If you do not see Advanced settings, select Adjust resolution, which should now show you an option for Advanced settings.)

  7. Select Advanced settings, and a window will pop up with your graphics card information.

Once you know your system's specs, you'll need to check out Oculus' system requirements for the Rift S, which are listed below.

Oculus Rift S minimum PC requirements

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10.
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-6100 / AMD Ryzen 3 1200, FX4350 or greater.
  • RAM: 8GB.
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti / Radeon RX 470 or greater.
  • USB Ports: 1 USB 3.0 .

Oculus Rift S recommended PC requirements

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10.
  • CPU: Intel i5 4590 / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X or greater.
  • RAM: 8GB.
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 / AMD Radeon R9 480 or greater.
  • USB Ports: 1 USB 3.0 .

Having a higher-end setup for the Oculus Rift makes a fairly significant difference in overall quality, so while the minimum requirements you see here for the Rift S will absolutely get the job done, you may want to aim a little higher. With the recommended hardware, you'll notice better lighting effects and much faster interactivity when switching between the Rift UI and whatever game or app you're in, making the entire experience feel that much more natural and immersive.

The latest Rift

Oculus Rift S

New hotness

The Oculus Rift S is the latest headset from Oculus. With better lenses and a decrease in Screen-Door Effect, the Oculus Rift S is set to be a winner. The $400 price tag is pretty nice too.

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