As some of you may know that the Oculus Rift has recently opened up to pre-orders. This was really exciting, but I wan’t you all to know somethings before you buy it. For those of you who don’t know already the Oculus Rift is a high end VR gaming headset. VR gaming is basically a headset with a screen that makes you feel like your actually in the game. Test demos for this have been out for a while but this is the first official Oculus release.
The first thing you need to know before you buy is can your PC actually play oculus rift games. You need a very powerful gaming PC. It has to run Windows 7 or higher. Sadly your Macbook Air Mini Retina S Plus won’t work. Next your graphics card needs to be NVIDA GTX 970, AMD 290, or anything more powerful then those. You will also need an intel i5-490 processor and at least 8GB of RAM. It also needs an HDMI 1.3 port and 2 USB 3.0 ports. Those are some pretty demanding specs, but luckily oculus will be selling “Oculus Ready” PC’s for $1,499 USD which is a surprisingly good price for the specs they asked for.
The Oculus is a very cool product but you have to think of a couple things before actually getting it. Is it worth it, the Oculus is very expensive at $1,499 USD. The real question is will it play games. Truthfully no one knows. I’m torn if it will or won’t. On one hand VR seems to be where the future of gaming lies but on the other hand developers won’t know how to develop for it. This has been a issue with many failed gaming consoles or accessories, most recent being the Wii U. The Wii U has gotten very little third party support from developers because the game pad is hard to program for.
Should you pre-order the Oculus Rift? I don’t think so for the same reason I never pre-order anything, you don’t know. Just like you never know if a game is going to be good before it’s launch, you won’t know if you can even play games that are any good. I would just wait until it’s launch and then see if it’s worth it. Also your commited to having a capable gaming PC at the time of launch. It’s a long time until launch and if something happens to you PC you have no choice but to get another one that lives up to the specs or your $600 USD you spent on the Oculus RIft is gone. But if you do have a capable PC there’s one reason that you should pre-order. You can play another version of Minecraft…Shut up and take my money. Would you pre-order it? Tell me in the comments below.