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Here are the HTC Vive’s PC requirements

by Eric Frederiksen | February 23, 2016February 23, 2016 6:30 am PDT

Virtual reality is coming, whether our wallets are ready or not. HTC and Valve’s Vive headset finally has a price, and now we have hardware requirements to go with it.

Here are the requirements for the Vive and the Oculus Rift, for comparison:

HTC Vive

  • Graphics Card: GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290 or better
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 4590 or AMD FX 8350 or greater
  • RAM: 4GB or more
  • Video port: HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2, or better
  • USB port: 1 USB 2.0 or faster port
  • Windows 7 SP1 or newer

Oculus Rift

  • Graphics Card: GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290 or better
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 4590 or greater
  • RAM: 8GB or more
  • Video port: HDMI 1.3
  • USB port: 2 USB 3.0 ports
  • Windows 7 SP1 or newer

Both headsets have identical graphics and CPU needs. The Vive isn’t as memory intensive, though, and features an extra port option if you prefer the smaller DisplayPort cable. It’s worth noting that the required video cards all sport HDMI 1.4 ports across the board, so the difference between the 1.3 requirement of the Rift and the 1.4 on the Vive is essentially meaningless (and could serve to confuse consumers). The Vive also goes a little easier on USB ports, which will be helpful for anyone with a limited number on their machine.

The headset is set to retail for $799, a full two bills more than the $599 for the Oculus Rift headset, and that combined with the Rift’s greater name recognition will be the Vive’s main hurdles to overcome. Very few potential headset owners are going to come up against the memory difference or port options as major obstacles.

Between the Rift’s easier price tag and Vive’s unique Lighthouse tech, there’s a lot to look forward to for PC gamers hoping to get into VR. If you happen to have most of a grand saved up.


Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...

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