Oculus Reduces Hardware Recommendations

By Bob Raikes
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Oculus has updated its minimum specification for its Rift and has a compatibility check tool. The new specification means a move down for the minimum graphics card needed from the GTX 1060 that was previously needed. One of the reasons is the Asynchronous Space Warp (ASW) technology (AMD GPUs Catch Up with NVidia to Support Asynchronous Reprojection)

Recommended Specs

Graphics Card NVIDIA GTX 1060 / AMD Radeon RX 480 or greater
Alternative Graphics Card NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 290 or greater
CPU Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
Memory 8GB+ RAM
Video Output Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
USB Ports 3x USB 3.0 ports, plus 1x USB 2.0 port
OS Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer

Minimum Specs

Graphics Card NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti / AMD Radeon RX 470 or greater
Alternative Graphics Card NVIDIA GTX 960 / AMD Radeon R9 290 or greater
CPU Intel i3-6100 / AMD FX4350 or greater
Memory 8GB+ RAM
Video Output Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
USB Ports 1x USB 3.0 port, plus 2x USB 2.0 ports
OS Windows 8.1 or newer

Note: Some Rift content may require a computer that exceeds Oculus’s minimum or recommended specs. Please refer to the recommended specs when browsing content in the Oculus Store.

Analyst Comment

A quick check of our favourite site for gaming hardware shows that GTX 1060 cards are $100 or so more expensive than the 1050, so this is a useful help in getting the cost of systems down.