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How To Begin VR Gaming?

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I needed some advice on my first attempt of VR gaming.

1) Does VR aming require lot more CPU and GPU power than non-VR gaming? My system is Intel i5-4440, 8GB Ram, Asus Strix 960 Graphics Card, Samsung 128GB SSD, Win10 64 bit. Will this be sufficient to run a VR game like Hellblade:Senusa’s Sacrifice or Everspace.

2) I already have the above two items in my steam library, but it says I need to buy one of the following to play them:
Notice: Requires one of the following virtual reality headsets: HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. See the VR Support section for more info.
Please guide me if it is as simple as purchasing one of these items, plugging them into my usb slot, and launching the game in the VR mode available in the Steam launch options?

3) What would the approximate price be, and which among the above two is better to buy?
Thanking you.


1 Answer

  1. Hellblade:Senusa’s Sacrifice with a gtx 960, nope.
    the i5 4440(4 core) is also on the weak side for 90fps

    from intel:I would get a 8th gen i5 8400(6 core) or if you think its worth it an i5 8600k(6 core) (you can also wait for the 9th intel gen)

    A new mother board is required tho, if you want to go the cheap way get a i7-4770k (it will fit in your current motherboard&gives; rougly a 50% boost in performance over the i5 4440)

    as for amd get either a R5 2600/X(both 6 core) or R5 1600/X(both 6 core) whatever is cheaper (performance difference is roughly 7% between all 4 ryzen chips)

    You could go for a RX 580 8GB or GTX 1060 6GB right now(but may not even run a title like Hellblade:Senusa’s Sacrifice on high settings above 60), but you may need to upgarde in 2 years to something like:
    GTX 980/TI or a GTX 1070 or maby wait for the GTX 2060 & for AMD a vega 56

    also a PSU rated for 500+ watt would be nice

    everything else seems fine. (if you have a set of 2x4GB of ddr4/ddr3 RAM & not a single stick, single channel memory will stutter at higher framerates)

    P.S. my 15% overclocked rx 570 (10% cut down version of the RX 580, runs Hellblade:Senusa’s Sacrifice slightly below 60fps) so a GTX 980/TI or a GTX 1070 or maby wait for the GTX 2060 & for AMD a vega 56 will give better results 🙂

    P.P.S i just realised i only answered question 1 :/

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