NVIDIA Partners With System Builders To Enable ‘GeForce GTX VR Ready’ Experiences
Obviously Oculus is one of them as it gets ready to open pre-orders for its Rift headset. But it's far from the only company enamored with VR -- so is NVIDIA, which has partnered with a whole bunch of companies to offer "GeForce GTX VR Ready" PCs, notebooks, and graphics cards.
Sure, it's a marketing play, but it's not an empty one.
"NVIDIA's GeForce GTX VR Ready program designates virtual reality ready PCs, notebooks, and graphics cards from leading add-in card and system builder partners that are configured to deliver an optimal VR experience," NVIDIA explains.
This won't mean much to tech savvy users, but for the average Joe or Jane, the VR Ready badge lets them know the system or graphics card they're eyeing up has the horsepower to run VR applications.
NVIDIA isn't being overly liberal with its program, either -- the cutoff point for graphics cards that meet the performance requirements of the VR Ready label is the GeForce GTX 970. Anything below is a roll of the dice.
As for desktops and laptops, NVIDIA's minimum requirements are as follows:
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or greater
- CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 equivalent or greater
- Notebook: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
- Memory/RAM: 8GB+
- Outputs: 2+ USB 3.0 ports; HDMI 1.3
- OS: Windows 7 SP1 or newer