Check if your PC is ready for VR

With a growing number of PC-VR headsets, such as the HTC VIVE Pro 2 and HP Reverb G2, there is plenty of reason for consumers and businesses to jump into the high-end PC VR market right now. To make full use of VR, it is important that the PC meets certain hardware requirements, such as a powerful graphics card (GPU) and processor (CPU). An important question therefore is: can my PC handle VR? In this blog we explain per headset which requirements the PC must meet.

VR gaming on a PC requires more from a PC than a standard computer game. In short, this has to do with the fact that the resolution in VR glasses is a lot higher than the standard resolution of a PC game. In addition, VR games must be fully rendered and displayed in a 3D environment with a smooth resolution for an enjoyable gaming experience.

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Find the specifications of your computer

Before we get to the specifications of the different VR glasses, we’ll first explain how to find the specifications for your PC. Please note that most PC-VR headsets do not support MacOS.

How to find your PC specifications

To determine if your PC can handle VR, there are four main components of the PC that need to meet the right requirements:

  • Video card (GPU).
    Press the Start button and search for ‘device manager’;
    Then expand the heading ‘display adapters’ or ‘display adapters’. The text below is the video card that is in your PC.
  • Processor (CPU) and RAM (Memory)
    Press the Start button and type ‘about your PC’;
    In the About window, scroll down to find ‘Processor’ (also known as CPU) and ‘Installed RAM’.
  • Video output (ports)
    For this you need to look at the back of your computer and see what ports are available especially on your GPU (which is usually lower). The ports can look very similar, so look closely at the shapes of each. Remember that you will need a free port to connect your headset to. Your GPU probably has DVI and/or HDMI ports. If you recognize them then it’s easy. If not then look up your video card and find out through a Google search which video ports it has!

Recommended specs for connecting your VR headset to your PC

Now that you’re familiar with your computer’s specifications, we can look at the recommended hardware specifications for the various VR headsets. For this overview, we’ll use the most common VR glasses.
If you scroll to the bottom, below the recommended specs, you’ll find our answers to frequently asked questions regarding VR on your PC.

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Oculus Quest 2 with Oculus Link Cable
PC Specifications

  • Video card: NVIDIA GTX 1060 / AMD Radeon RX 480 or higher (note: not all video cards are compatible with Oculus Link. click here for more info)
  • CPU: Intel i5-4590 / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X or higher
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM or greater
  • Video output: N/A
  • USB ports: 1x USB 3.0 port
  • Operating system: Windows 10

Valve Index
Recommended PC Specifications

  • Video card: NVIDIA GTX 1070 / AMD equivalent or higher
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  • CPU: Quad Core +
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Video output: DisplayPort 1.2
  • USB ports: 1x USB 2.0 port (USB 3.0 required for camera pass-through), 1x DisplayPort v1.2
  • Operating system: Windows 10, SteamOS, Linux

HP Reverb G1 and Reverb G2
Recommended PC Specifications

  • Video card: NVIDIA GTX 1080 / AMD RX 5700 or higher
  • CPU: Intel Core i5, i7 / AMD Ryzen 5 or higher
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Video output: DisplayPort 1.3
  • USB ports: 1x USB 3.0 port
  • Operating system: Windows 10 (may require latest updates)

HTC VIVE Cosmos
Recommended PC Specifications

  • Video card: NVIDIA GTX 1070 / AMD Radeon Vega 56 or higher
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350 equivalent or higher
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Video output: DisplayPort 1.2
  • USB ports: 1x USB 3.0 port
  • Operating system: Windows 10

HTC VIVE Cosmos Elite
Recommended PC Specifications

  • Video card: NVIDIA GTX 1070 / AMD Radeon Vega 56 or higher
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350 equivalent or higher
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Video output: DisplayPort 1.2
  • USB ports: 1x USB 3.0 port
  • Operating system: Windows 10

Oculus Rift S
Recommended PC Specifications

  • Video card: NVIDIA GTX 1060 / AMD Radeon RX 480 or higher
  • CPU: Intel i5-4590 / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X or higher
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM or higher
  • Video output: DisplayPort (mini)mireil
  • USB ports: 1x USB 3.0 port
  • Operating system: Windows 10

HTC VIVE Pro, VIVE Pro Eye and VIVE Pro 2
Recommended PC Specifications

  • Video card: NVIDIA GTX 1070 / Quadro P5000 / AMD Radeon Vega 56 or higher
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350 or higher
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Video output: DisplayPort 1.2
  • USB ports: 1x USB 3.0 port
  • Operating system: Windows 10

Pimax 8K X
Recommended PC Specifications

  • Video card: Upscale mode: NVIDIA RTX 2060/Native mode: NVIDIA RTX 2080
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-9400 equivalent or higher
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Video output: DisplayPort 1.2
  • USB ports: USB 2.0 or higher
  • Operating system: Windows 10

Pimax 8K Plus
Recommended PC Specifications

  • Video card: NVIDIA RTX 2060
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-9400 equivalent or higher
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Video output: DisplayPort 1.2
  • USB ports: USB 2.0 or higher
  • Operating system: Windows 10

Pimax 5K Super
Recommended PC Specifications

  • Video card: NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-9400 equivalent or higher
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Video output: DisplayPort 1.2
  • USB ports: USB 2.0 or higher
  • Operating system: Windows 10

Pimax 5K Plus
Recommended PC Specifications

  • Video card: NVIDIA GTX 1070
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-9400 equivalent or higher
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Video output: DisplayPort 1.4
  • USB ports: USB 2.0 or higher
  • Operating system: Windows 10, Windows 8.1

Varjo VR-3 and XR-3
Recommended PC Specifications

  • Video card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 / NVIDIA RTX A6000 or higher
  • CPU: Intel Core i9-9900K / AMD Ryzen 7 3700X equivalent or higher
  • Memory: 32 GB RAM
  • Video output: 2 x DisplayPort 1.4
  • USB ports: 2 x USB-A 3.0/3.1
  • Operating system: Windows 10 (64-bit)
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