Nvidia has announced its GeForce GTX VR Ready certification, working with hardware vendors and retailers to identify components, notebooks and PCs that will be able to handle VR. With virtaul reality headsets like the Oculus Rift set to be available later this year, Nvidia is making it easier for buyers to get hold of hardware that will drive the visually intensive medium.
Nvidia is partnering with manufacturers such as Asus, EVGA, MSI, Gigabyte, Sager and others, as well as boutique gaming machine vendors like Alienware, Falcon Northwest, Maingear and Origin. Retailers like Amazon and Newegg are also included.
Here’s Nvidia’s minimum spec for VR:
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or greater
- CPU: Intel Core i5- 4590 equivalent or greater
- Notebook: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
- Memory/RAM: 8GB+ RAM
- Outputs: 2x USB 3.0 ports, HDMI 1.3
- OS: Windows 7 SP1 or newer
Jason Paul, general manager of emerging technologies at Nvidia, said that the idea behind the certification was to make it easier to identify hardware that is compatible with virtual reality:
We’re working with trusted partners worldwide to simplify the buying process with a GeForce GTX VR Ready badge that will let customers quickly identify PCs or add-in cards that are capable of handling the demands of VR.