We have a great piece of news for all those who’ve been dreaming of trying out the new VR gaming experience.
According to Oculus Rift’s developers, the second generation of Oculus Rift will be compatible with low-specs PCs. In essence, this means that you can now postpone buying that cool expensive gaming rig.
This outstanding feature was made possible thanks to a new type of technology called asynchronous spacewarp. Sounds pretty fancy, doesn’t it? It’s quite simple. Remember the days when your video card could only run games using DirectX9?
If so, then you should also be able to recall DirectX9’s menu, and how you would run a game using the platform’s force warp mode. It wasn’t too fancy, but at least the game was playable.
The new technique used by Oculus Rift’s dev team is very similar to this option. Basically, it’s a video processing technique which allows developers to add intermediate animation frames before the existing animations. By doing this, they will compensate for motion blur, making the game run smoother in the process.
Still, do keep in mind that Oculus Rift was originally designed for high-end PCs and monstrous video cards. This means that even with the new technique, you won’t be able to squeeze more than 45 frames-per-second from the device.
So, to experience Oculus Rift’s full potential (90 fps, Ultra HD and so on), you should consider buying a new rig. Furthermore, after launching this patch, the dev team declared that this is more a temporary solution, and that in the long run, you’ll still need to buy something more powerful.
So, what are we talking about in terms of specs? Well, according to the device’s initial requirements, your PC should have at least a NVidia 970 STRIX or an AMD Radeon 290 GPU.
Now, thanks to the patch, gamers with dedicated video cards such as NVidia 1000 or 900 GPU generation and AMD RX 400 will be able to enjoy playing games in VR.
Since it was launched, Oculus Rift managed to change, in just a matter of months, the very definition of gaming. Although the headset does not look like much, in just a couple of years it will probably make regular gamepad/keyboard+mouse interfaces obsolete.
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