Dell Oculus-Ready PCs Will Be Powered By AMD Radeon GPUs
Oculus Rift, perhaps the most anticipated VR among all the upcoming ones will be available to consumers pretty soon, which is exactly why Oculus is partnering with major PC manufacturers: Alienware, Asus and Dell to create Oculus-Ready PCs.
These systems will be carefully designed and tested to deliver owners the premium VR experience without having to worry about whether their system can handle the load of VR technology and minimum specs.
While there has been a decent amount of information regarding the Alienware and Asus machines on Oculus VR’s website, including their prices (Asus being the cheaper one at $949 while Alienware at $999) little had been revealed about the Dell machines besides their price tag of $999. Well that has now changed thanks to an announcement by AMD.
The announcement declares that AMD has partnered with Dell and Oculus to create Oculus-ready PCs. This means that all the Dell machines will be powered by AMD’s Radeon GPUs, specifically the ones with AMD’s Graphics Core Next architecture and LiquidVR technology that was announced back in March.
AMD’s LiquidVR technology was revealed at GDC in San Francisco and consists of technologies including Async Shaders and data latch mechanism for multi-GPU rendering, head tracking and other such VR related enhancements. It will also reduce latency so users have a better link with the virtual world and make the experience more comfortable by reducing motion sickness.
According to Roy Taylor, corporate vice president of Aliances and Content at AMD: “It’s an exciting time to be at the heart of all things Virtual Reality, I’m confident that with Dell and Alienware, we can enable a wide audience of PC users with extraordinary VR capabilities powered by AMD Radeon GPUs.”
As mentioned by the recommended system requirements area on the Oculus Ready PCs page, for optimal VR experience, users will need atleast an AMD Radeon 290 or Nvidia GTX 970 along with 8GB RAM or more and an Intel Core i5-4590 equivalent or better.
The consumer version of Oculust Rift is slated to release in Q1 2016 and will cost above $350 making the entire VR experience cost around $1400 if the user doesn’t already have a PC powerful enough to handle VR.