During my career as a tech journalist I covered PC gaming from all angles, and there was one unswerving trend: hardware advances at a blisteringly fast pace. Generational updates bring new capabilities – often at higher costs – and the minimum specs required to enjoy those experiences climbs ever skyward. Today that changes. We’re thrilled to tell you that thanks to a groundbreaking collaboration with Oculus and CyberPowerPC, the requirements for enjoying VR on Oculus Rift aren’t rising. They’re falling.
When we launched our Polaris-based Radeon™ RX series of graphics cards, we set out to democratize VR and lower the barrier to entry for premium, desktop-class virtual reality games and software. We executed on this by designing a future-ready GPU architecture, and offering our customers first-class PC gaming at dramatically lower price points.
Meet the $499 VR Ready PC
Speaking of price points: At the beginning of 2016, the price to buy a pre-built PC capable of running an Oculus Rift was a bare minimum of $949, according to Oculus. Today during his keynote at Oculus Connect 3, Oculus CEO and Co-founder Brendan Iribe unveiled a new limited edition CyberPowerPC, powered by Radeon™ RX 470 graphics and an AMD FX™ 4350 processor. This powerful PC is priced at just $499 USD MSRP when purchased with an Oculus Rift.
Four Hundred. Ninety-Nine. Dollars.
It even includes a keyboard, mouse, DVD drive, 1TB hard drive, and Windows® 10. And as you’ll discover, not only is this an awesome VR system, but it’s also a very capable gaming rig.
Hardware Is Only Half of the Equation
This isn’t sorcery, but there is some innovative secret sauce involved: Oculus’ newly announced Asynchronous Spacewarp (ASW) feature, which complements their existing Asynchronous Timewarp technology. ASW compares previously rendered frames, detects motion between them, and projects new frames that accurately reflect where various scene components should be based on the user’s movement.
These types of calculations require serious computational power and ASW can harness our AMD LiquidVR™ technology in new Radeon™ Software drivers, to generate the projected frames without burdening the main graphics engine.
This all adds up to exceptional, smooth Oculus Rift VR experiences that can now be enjoyed on Radeon™ RX 470 GPUs, and the affordable AMD FX™ 4350, without sacrificing visual fidelity.
We’re delighted to collaborate with a company who shares our vision of democratizing VR, and lowering the barrier so that millions of new users can experience the blissful, transformative power of virtual reality.
The VR ready CyberPowerPC system is coming soon, and in the meantime you can check out CyberPowerPC’s website for upcoming details.
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Want to dive into premium VR (both Oculus Rift and HTC Vive) and high-end AAA gaming for an absurdly affordable price? CyberPowerPC’s “Gamer Xtreme VR” system is certified Oculus Ready and has a lot going for it. It boasts our Radeon™ RX 480 graphics card, quad-core Intel Core-i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, a DVD-RW optical drive, Windows 10, a WiFi USB adapter, keyboard and mouse, and a striking black tower with accented red lighting for only $699.
With innovative new drivers, future-ready hardware, and lower cost of entry than ever before, we’re proud to stand with our VR technology partners and prove that VR isn’t just for the 1 percent.
Jason Evangelho is Sr. Technical Marketing Specialist for the Radeon Technology Group at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites, and references to third party trademarks, are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.