The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset will not work right out of the box. The Oculus Rift consumer edition that starts pre-orders later this year and ships in Q1 2016 will require a personal computer to power it, Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell said on stage today at TechCrunch Disrupt NY. That could make Oculus significantly less accessible to people who aren’t serious computer gamers already.
When asked whether the Oculus Rift will require a monstrous, super-premium PC to deliver its advertised immersive experience, Mitchell said: « We’re not talking about a crazy high-end machine, but something that can play modern games. » In the demo given to the press at CES this year, the PC that powered the demo included an nVidia GTX 980, a $600 graphics card.
Regarding the price, Mitchell said Oculus wants the Rift to be affordable, but admitted its positioned as a high-end experience that will cost significantly more…
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