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A Computer Fit for the Oculus Rift

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So you’ve decided on a PC-based virtual reality headset but you need a computer to power your immersive new experience.

How important is your computer?

In short, very. Being at the cutting edge of technology, PC-based Virtual Reality (VR) demands powerful computing hardware to work. Oculus Rift, for example has a list of system requirements.

Video Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970/AMD R9 290 equivalent or greater Shop Now
CPU Intel® Core™ i5-4590 equivalent or greater Shop Now
Memory 8GB RAM or more Shop Now
Video Output Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
USB Ports 3 USB 3.0 ports plus 1 USB 2.0 port
Operating System (OS) Windows 7 SP1 64-bit or newer Shop Now

To make it easier we have a list of Oculus Desktop Packages to choose from that will enhance your experience out of the box. Just plug it in and play.

The ultimate VR PC experience

There are many VR-ready computers to choose from, the question is why should you pay more for an even more powerful one?

Any of these machines will give you a fantastic VR experience but choosing one is a case of finding the PC that best fits your VR needs. The more powerful your machine the smoother the gameplay will be which will help if you’re playing more competitive VR games.

A powerful VR-ready PC can also be used for other types of PC Gaming as well as Video Editing and work programs like  Adobe Photoshop.

Upgrading your computer for VR

You can always try your current computer but we highly recommend checking to see if your machine is Oculus ready. Without meeting the minimum system requirements the immersion is ruined by stuttering framerates (which can be disorientating), blocky graphics or it flat out refuses to work with your VR headset. 

If your computer has some of the system requirements or you’re not sure, bring it in to a Best Buy store and our experts can help you with all of your VR needs.

As an expert seller of VR Ready PC components we can assess and assist in upgrading your machine or suggest a new option we have available off the shelf with the added peace of mind that your computer is protected by a Geek Squad protection plan.

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