Valve release Portal-themed tool to test your rig’s VR readiness

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Valve release Portal-themed tool to test your rig’s VR readiness

Post by NewsBot » 23 Feb 2016, 11:33

With the price and date announced for the HTC Vive headset, good guy Valve have gone and released a 1.9 GB free tool via Steam to help test your rig's Virtual Reality capabilities.

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Post by vcatkiller » 23 Feb 2016, 18:13

I'm gonna need a bigger graphics card. :(
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Post by PALADiN » 23 Feb 2016, 18:41

vcatkiller wrote:I'm gonna need a bigger graphics card. :(
Same.
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Post by Bicketybam » 23 Feb 2016, 20:08

Occulus told me my machine wasn't up to scratch. Vive tell's me it's ready (well it does give other warnings). While I still can't afford the Vive, at least I know which one won't cost me the extra $$$ to upgrade.

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Post by Duke » 24 Feb 2016, 22:30

Just for comparison, here's my results of a average gaming PC I had built a year ago (Win7, Z97 mobo, i5 4690k, 250gb SSD, 16gb ddr3, GTX960). But I do intend to upgrade the the GTX960 to either GTX970 or GTX980 before I explore the realms of VR, though that won't be for some time yet.

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Post by Nitephyre » 25 Feb 2016, 11:14

Do I win a prize? :clap:

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Post by vcatkiller » 25 Feb 2016, 12:44

Not sure whether to congratulate you or commiserate you.
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Post by Duke » 25 Feb 2016, 12:57

Nitephyre wrote:Do I win a prize? :clap:
Ouch! you flat-lined, Nitephyre. :silent:
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Post by Disco » 25 Feb 2016, 14:28

Not that it matters because I'm not buying any VR device any time soon, but I'd be too scared to run this on my PC.. I just might beat Nitephyre's score!
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Post by Bicketybam » 25 Feb 2016, 14:33

What I take from that is that the Vive is going to be very dependant on your GPU whereas the Occulus seems to be way more dependant on your CPU as it was my CPU that made me fail badly on the Occulus test.

Another reason to choose a Vive over the Occulus as it is much easier to upgrade a GPU then a CPU and cheaper. Of course that could all change because the test may not push the CPU as much but I think that is also one of the reasons why a lot of people shied away from the idea of purchasing the occulus, not only do you have to pay (for us Aussies) near $1000 for the device but you probably need to spend that and more on upgrading your whole PC.

Whereas $400-$500 will get you a 970 and that may be all you need (other then the cost for the Vive).
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Post by vcatkiller » 25 Feb 2016, 15:51

I just tried the Rift test just now and failed it too. ;_; Oh well maybe in 50 years I'll be able to use a VR headset on my PC...
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Post by Nitephyre » 26 Feb 2016, 12:46

Heh, I'm not fussed as I can't afford a new card, let alone VR gear... I just put it up for a laugh :D
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Post by kharis » 26 Feb 2016, 12:51

my alienware laptop failed due to video card :lol:

not that i can really wear the headset without my spectacles getting in the way
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