Logical Increments releases a guide for building a VR-ready PC, rescuing legions of VR gamers from mass confusion, disappointment, and sub-par VR experiences.
As we approach the Q1 2016 release dates for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, many PC gamers are wondering how to best prepare their computer for VR gaming, while others are planning new builds from the ground up with VR in mind. We would know: Every year, more than a million visitors come to our website looking to build the best PC for their budget, and an increasing number of them ask us about VR headsets.
We run Logical Increments, the PC Building Guide, and we just published a Guide to Building a PC for Virtual Reality.
Our goal with this guide is twofold:
1. Help as many people as possible prepare their PCs for gaming on the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Simply put: The VR community and industry wins when we ensure more high-quality VR experiences.
2. Establish the true, hard facts about the graphical demands of these headsets. Rendering graphics on a VR headset is a highly intensive process compared to traditional rendering on a monitor or TV. Many gamers want to understand this difference, but few sources have explained it both thoroughly and in plain English.
To guarantee our guide is both comprehensive and factually air-tight, we’ve sought extensive feedback from the Oculus VR development community through multiple drafts.
In our opinion, Oculus and HTC aren’t doing enough to prepare PC builders for an optimal VR experience. Aside from publishing recommended specs, the companies have left a lot of room for misinterpretation when it comes to the hardware demands of these headsets. Our guide lays out detailed build advice in an easy-to-understand format.
“Oculus has provided recommended specs for gaming on the Rift, but many people mistakenly assume that those recommended specs will deliver a high-quality experience playing any game in VR,” said Orion Bukantis, CEO of Logical Increments. “Unfortunately, if you think you can build a PC with the Oculus recommended specs and then boot up Fallout 4 in VR at high settings, you're setting yourself up for disappointment.”
Check out the full guide: Building a PC for Virtual Reality