All GeForce GTX 1070 And 1080 GPUs VR Ready? HTC Vive has Issues
When Nvidia announced the GeForce GTX 1070 and 1080 GPUs, one of the selling points was that they were supposed to be VR ready. In terms of performance, they are. But there are some issues in compatibility with the HTC Vive. If you do not have two HDMI output ports on your GeForce GTX 1070 and 1080, you might have a problem.
The issue with the GeForce GTX 1070 and 1080 GPUs is that it is most probable that you are using the single HDMI port to connect to a display. Then what about the HTC Vive? How are you going to get that connected along with your display? If you only have a single HMDI port then this is a problem. One that Nvidia has been silent about. But people are raising their brows about the matter at hand.
Of course this is a major concern when it comes to GeForce GTX 1070 and 1080 GPUs as consumers are paying top dollar for these GPUs and things like these need to be thought of well in advance. The simple fact that this is even an issue with the 10 series GPUs is disappointing.
“Last week, a friend of mine contacted me looking for help getting his Vive working. He was trying to hook the Vive up to a GTX 1080 using the optional Display Port on the HMD’s link box because the HDMI port on his graphics card was being used to display to a TV. I knew for a fact that this configuration works with a GTX 980 Ti because I’ve tested it already. We were both disappointed to find out that it doesn’t work with the 10-series cards.”
There are however, two solutions to this problem. If you have not got your GeForce GTX 1070 and 1080 GPU yet and are looking to use the HTC Vive headset then you should look for dual HDMI versions like the Asus Strix versions. This will solve your problem.
On the other hand if you have got the GPU already then you can purchase an adapter which will allow you to connect your VR headset to your GPU. Though this is not a very clean solution from an asthetics point of view, it is still better than nothing at all.