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HTC Source | February 20, 2018

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CES sheds light on PC specs for HTC Vive

CES sheds light on PC specs for HTC Vive

The year 2016 is definitely going to be the year of VR! If the 70% increase of VR presence on the CES show floor isn’t convincing enough how about the PC industry creating a whole new certification for machines that are VR Ready.

That’s what GPU maker NVIDIA has done to help consumers prepare to own a head mounted display (HMD) from manufacturers like HTC and Oculus. The program gives PC manufacturers a chance to market laptops and desktops to those in the gaming community looking to adopt VR into the mix. These systems will have GeForce GTX GPU’s and NVIDIA Game Ready Drivers that have been optimized to deliver low latency for a better virtual experience.

AMD also has their own program dubbed LiquidVR, and offers a place for consumers to go to find VR capable graphics cards ranging from $339 – $679.

Although HTC has yet to list minimum requirements for the HTC Vive, NVIDIA’s site says your PC will need the following resources if you want to VR.

  • GPU: GeForce GTX 970 or greater
  • PROCESSOR: Intel Core i5 4590 or greater
  • RAM: 8GB+
  • OS: Windows 7.1 or newer
  • Outputs: 2x USB 3.0 and 1x HDMI

NVIDIA VR Requirements

For those that are starting with a blank canvas or are considering buying an updated PC look for brands like: Alienware, MSI, iBuyPower, and HP, ASUS, Acer, and more. You will want to have something VR ready, but be prepared to spend a good amount of money on a new gaming computer.


About Andy Medders

With over a decade of IT experience working in and for the US Army, Andy has helped implement pilot programs using Android devices at work and helps others learn how to turn a smartphone into a tool for getting things done. He started a blog about HTC as an outlet to share HTC news without spamming his friends on common social networks, but decided to combine forces with HTCSource to have more of an impact on the HTC community. Andy has had an HTC in his pocket since the days of the T-Mobile MDA.