Before you go ahead and purchase that Oculus Rift handset that was made available for pre-order on Wednesday, you might want to check if your PC is actually capable of running virtual reality applications and hardware.

Thankfully Oculus has created a great tool to help you do that, available to download and run on your PC, it will check if your system is up to scratch to run the latest VR games and software, alongside the Oculus Rift headset.

The Road to VR website has already tried out the check, and Scott Hayden from the Road to VR website had the following to say about it:

“Rift Compatibility Check’ does a quick sweep of your system to determine where the sore spots are so that you can prepare your rig to “meet or exceed [the recommended] system specifications to power the full Rift experience.”

I was given a failure mark on my GPU, a modest AMD R9 280X which runs my DK2 just fine. Due to the increased resolution of the consumer Rift, 2160×1200 resolution split over dual displays running at 90Hz, and consuming 233 million pixels per second, Oculus is recommending at very least a NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 to run the new Rift.”

Here are the official recommend specs:

Video Card NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 equivalent or greater

CPU Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater

Memory 8GB+ RAM

Video Output Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output

USB Ports 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port

OS Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer

You can find out more about Oculus Ready PCs at the source links.

Sources: OculusRoad to VR

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