Oculus Rift now requires less powerful PC and cheaper

When the minimum configuration to use the Oculus Rift on the PC was announced earlier this year, many people were scared. But today during the Oculus Connect conference, the company announced that a new technology called “Asynchronous Spacewarp”, will considerably reduce the minimum requirements.

Oculus Rift

With this, the hardware will need to deliver only 45 fps, while the ASW feature makes the rest of the service doubled the value to 90 fps.

This means that less powerful hardware can run the Oculus Rift more easily. Even the PC from Cyberpower manufacturer, which is being sold exclusively to the Rift, has fallen in price, reaching for $499 according to Oculus. The virtual reality display itself still retains its price $599 in the United States. Below you can see the new minimum configuration:

  • Video: Nvidia GTX 960 (previously: Nvidia GTX 970/AMD R9 290 equivalent or higher)
  • CPU: Intel i3-6100/AMD FX4350 (previously: Intel i5-4590 equivalent or higher)
  • Memory: 8GB + RAM (no change)
  • USB: 1 x USB 3.0 + 2 x USB 2.0 (previously: 2 x USB 3.0)
  • System: Windows 8 or newer (previously: Windows 7 SP1 or newer).