Nvidia's Slapping Badges on VR-Ready Machines to Stop You Accidentally Buying the Wrong One

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Virtual reality’s going to be one of the major tech trends in 2016, so Nvidia's decided to make things a little easier for consumers looking to invest in new, future-proof gaming machines or graphics card. The company's GeForce GTX VR Ready program sounds really fancy, but essentially involves slapping a special badge on virtual reality-capable products to make them easier to spot.

Nvidia says this will allow consumers to instantly identify VR-capable PCs, laptops and add-in cards. As VR games are a lot more demanding than their traditional 3D counterparts, Nvidia has also drawn up a list of minimum system requirements for VR gaming. Assuming you've already ticked off a GeForce GTX 970 GPU or above, or a GTX 980 GPU, here's what else you need to look out for:

  • A head-mounted display
  • A PC with USB 3.0 support
  • An Intel Core i5- 4590 equivalent or greater CPU
  • 8GB+ of RAM
  • 2x USB 3.0 ports and HDMI 1.3
  • Windows 7 or newer

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