The retail version of the Oculus Rift is closer than ever to your home. The release date is finally set in stone for early 2016, whic means that virtual reality enthusiasts have somewhere around 9 months to create the ideal gaming atmosphere in their rooms.
One of the most important things to have in mind before purchasing Oculus are your electricity hardware and the rig you’ll use to power this monster. That’s why the team behind Oculus released the minimal PC specifications today while also announcing that they paused their works on the Mac and Linux versions for the sake of PC Windows users.
Here are the minimum PC specifications that you’ll need in order to use Oculus:
- NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater
- Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
- 8GB+ RAM
- Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
- 2x USB 3.0 ports
- Windows 7 SP1 or newer
This is great news for all PC owners, but it also means that potential Mac and Linux based customers will need to wait more than a year for the appropriate version to come out and they don’t even know what specifications do they need to be operational.
There’s a silver lining in the whole situation as Oculus developers released a statement where they clearly state how the company wants to provide the ultimate virtual reality experience to its customers and that was the main reason to postpone the development of their Linux and Mac versions.
This means that Windows users will get the pampering treatment first, with all the necessary hardware, software and online content available for them only, which is actually not such bad if we know that most of the virtual reality fan base is already using Windows PC devices.