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At this moment in time, the Oculus Rift is the face of virtual reality How the Oculus Rift Works and Why You Need One How the Oculus Rift Works and Why You Need One Why is there so much excitement over the Oculus Rift? Because it's a technological marvel. Here's how it works and why you're going to love it. Read More . It offers the best experience out of all VR devices on the market, and if you don’t believe that, then you should check out these incredible Oculus Rift videos Oculus Rift VR Simulations You Have To See To Believe Oculus Rift VR Simulations You Have To See To Believe You've seen the Oculus Rift, but you haven't seen some of the insane uses it's been put to. Check out these awesome Oculus Rift demos from around the world. Read More pronto.

Last week, news broke that the Oculus Rift would be debuting with a price tag of $599. This is way more than what people thought it would be (expectations hovered somewhere around $350) and it resulted in a lot of backlash and controversy Netflix Expands Everywhere, Oculus Pricing Causes Rift... [Tech News Digest] Netflix Expands Everywhere, Oculus Pricing Causes Rift... [Tech News Digest] Netflix is now available in almost every country, the Oculus Rift will cost you $599, Politwoops embarrasses backtracking politicians, Psychonauts 2 is getting made, and Trevor from GTA V is now selling Old Spice. Read More .

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If the price doesn’t bother you, then you can go ahead and pre-order it right now — but before you do, you should check and see if your PC is powerful enough to handle it. As it turns out, virtual reality simulations require a lot of computing power and the average desktop simply won’t cut it.

The good news is that the Oculus Rift website provides an Oculus Rift compatibility tool that you can download and run for free, no installation necessary. It takes less than a minute but it can save you a lot of headache and disappointment.

Is your PC ready for the Oculus Rift? Are you going to dive right into the hype or would you rather wait and see how virtual reality progresses? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. pandrew3
    January 13, 2016 at 3:38 am

    Hmmm, my i7 3850 on a 2011 MB with 48 Gigs of ram is not powerfull enough. My twin 980 cards with 8gigs of ram each also failed.

  2. James Bruce
    January 12, 2016 at 10:22 am

    I'll be needing to upgrade, but not too much. My CPU is atrocious, a slow i3 I think, even though I have 12Gb of RAM and dual R9-290s - it was all used for Dogecoin mining back in the day, which didn't need CPU power.

    • James Bruce
      January 12, 2016 at 10:23 am

      Although in fairness, I'm getting a free Rift for being an original Kickstarter backer, so wallet won't be nearly as pained at others will.

  3. Sam
    January 12, 2016 at 12:43 am

    Videogame Technology is only as good as the videogames it supports. This is why the wii was a success where the Kinect failed, why the Virtual Boy was a disaster when the 3DS was a massive success.

    Frankly, I don't see any games on the near horizon, that are going to make me want a nausea inducing pair of goggles. The other senses are getting no feedback, so full immersion can not be achieved. Perhaps I'm just a skeptic, but then again, I play videogames for the videogames.

    • James Bruce
      January 12, 2016 at 10:19 am

      Have you actually used the device, or are you just theorizing? I've spent hours inside Minecraft VR mode without any nausea (and that's on a DK2, not even the final Rift), and the immersion is enough to make me never want to play on a monitor again. The difference is night and day.

  4. tims
    January 12, 2016 at 12:39 am

    I wonder if they are overspecifying a bit to protect themselves. They say it will still work with lesser hardware, but not optimally. Their specs eliminate anything over 2 years old - not a good way to sell a lot of product. Actual testing will tell the tale...

    • Joel Lee
      January 22, 2016 at 7:41 pm

      Yeah, it wouldn't surprise me if they were overspecifying. I would hate to be told that my specs were good enough, only to drop hundreds on the Oculus and find out it runs terribly. :(

  5. Lönja Selter
    January 12, 2016 at 12:09 am

    my computer is ready, my wallet and living space are not...6

  6. Lönja Selter
    January 12, 2016 at 12:09 am

    my computer is ready, my wallet and living space are not...6

  7. Xoandre
    January 11, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Frankly, like the iPod, like the iPhone, like the Apple Watch, like the PS1,2,3,4 and the Xbox, 360,one, and the endless stream of handhelds and other consoles, I HAVE NO INTEREST WHATSOEVER in adopting this technology.

    Anyone else out there not really care about this thing?

    Sure, it may be cool, but like every item I listed, is an unnecessary-for-life overpriced piece of electronics that I will not be spending my very hard-earned cash on.

    Thank you, but no.

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