PC-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs) require high-powered rigs in order to run as smoothly and comfortably as possible. Oculus VR has made its recommended specifications for running the Oculus Rift known for some time now, but HTC and Valve only recently released the specs for the HTC Vive. For those that don’t know if their PC is up to scratch, Valve has released a new tool to help you quick check it up. The company has launched the SteamVR Performance Test to download via its digital content store.
For now, it appears that the software, run through this link as obtained from Reddit, runs in the Internet Explorer browser, so expected a wider rollout with further compatibility in the near future. After downloading the tool, users should be able to easily check if they need to upgrade their PC or not. Oculus VR released a similar tool for checking the specs for the Oculus Rift last month.
For those that don’t have a machine worthy of VR, Valve and HTC have teamed up with Alienware, HP and MSI to offer ‘VR Certified‘ machines that meet or exceed the specs. Two HP ENVY machines are on offer for $1699.99 USD and $1999.99, though the Alienware and MSI rigs are yet to be fully revealed.
Pre-Orders for the HTC Vive will be starting at 10:00 EST on 29th February 2016. The kit costs $799 and includes two Steam controllers, two Lighthouse tracking base stations, a copy of Owlchemy Labs’ Job Simulator and Northway Games Fantastic Contraption.
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