Welcome to Virtual Reality
Virtual Reality is the next big thing in gaming – but, unlike the 90s, the hype is real.
The world is in love with VR, with headsets launching, graphics cards touting their VR abilities and games being developed for this incredible new form-factor.
Overclockers UK stocks the HTC Vive alongside a full-range of VR-ready PCs, laptops and peripherals – and our Room Scale Experience is a ground-breaking free service where you can try the HTC Vive VR headset to see exactly what the fuss is about.
If you’ve salivated over the latest virtual reality news and you’re ready to take the plunge, then read on – and we’ll make sure you’re prepared.
What is Virtual reality?
Virtual Reality gaming sounds fancy, but it’s a simple concept: a headset contains two screens, with each one projecting an image to the user’s eyes. Each screen displays a different image, which combine to create the illusion of perfect virtual vision – which enables the user to play games as if they were right in the middle of the action.
Dig deeper and there’s a lot more to it. The screens are viewed through lenses that create a proper 3D image by mirroring each screen’s image to your eyes – and gyroscopes, accelerometers and magnetometers track your head’s movements, so the images on the two screens changes to reflect your position.
That’s not all that headsets use for tracking – some use LEDs to provide 360° facial tracking, others deploy infrared lights and some come with sensors that sit in your room. Some come with controllers too for more precise movement.
These incredible peripherals deliver the world’s most immersive games. They add a new dimension to first-person titles like Doom and Overwatch, and make adventure games even more absorbing. Platformers, space exploration titles like Elite:Dangerous and racing games like Dirt Rally benefit from this world-class technology that puts the user in the title like nothing else before.
VR isn’t just great for gaming. It’s used by the army to teach soldiers how to diffuse bombs and by universities to train doctors, and can be used for exploring virtual museums, watching movies and unleashing historical simulations in schools.
GET HANDS ON WITH VR
That’s not all we’ve done to get you ready for Virtual Reality gaming. Our Room Scale Experience deploys an HTC Vive headset and a monster gaming rig to provide an incredible demonstration of VR at its best. Our 20m² room is perfect for finding out exactly how ground-breaking this new technology can be.
We’ve got a bundle of exciting simulations ready to go: encounters with blue whales and dinosaurs, the chance to fight off zombies and battle UFOs are all available.
It’s one of the only facilities of its kind in the country, and it’s perfect for getting a first taste of VR. It’s free to try, too: all you’ve got to do is make an appointment on the Overclockers UK website.
EXPERIENCE VR at Overclockers UK
It's super simple and quick to book your slot in our room scale experience.
Click the button below to view our calendar with available times, pick the one that fits around your schedule, and then fill in your name, email, and phone number - then press "Book now"!
You'll receive confirmation of your booking to remind you, then just head on down to our store when it's your time and experience VR for FREE!
THE HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS
Any VR headset for PC has to drive two high-resolution panels, so it’s no surprise that a beefy PC is required.
Every headset manufacturer sets out its own minimum hardware requirements, but we’ve set out three different levels to point potential users in the right direction.
The first tier mirrors the minimum requirements set out by HTC and Oculus: you’ll need an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or an AMD Radeon RX 480. The next tier requires a GeForce GTX 1070 or AMD’s barnstorming Radeon R9 Fury Nano, and the top option demands a GeForce GTX 1080 or a Radeon R9 Fury X.
You won’t just need a high-end graphics card - the rest of the PC has to pass muster. To get the best out of virtual reality gaming you’ll need a quad-core processor and at least 8GB of memory - and an SSD too to slash loading times.
Hardware for your VR Headset:
Laptops, Graphics Cards & More
Overclockers UK has an entire range of PCs, laptops and component bundles that are built for the demands of VR.
Our PCs and laptops have the grunt to handle virtual reality games, and our component bundles take the headache out of choosing key components.
VR GAMING PCS
Our range of virtual reality PCs are designed to work perfectly for VR, with customisation options here and there to allow for a beefier CPU, more storage, or higher graphics potential.
Covered with our standard Overclockers UK warranty, you'll get three years as standard, and up to five years if you want to upgrade it.
Offering up both NVIDIA GeForce™ and AMD Radeon™ graphics options, both offer blistering performance for virtual reality gaming and regular 2D gaming.
Whether you need a small form factor system to tuck away and save space, or you have the luxury of being able to have a mid or full tower - there's a system there to tickle your fancy. Below is a small selection of VR ready PCs, but to view the full range click the orange button.
Titan RadBox VRX
• Intel Core i3/i5 Processor
Titan ForceBox VR10
• Intel Core i3/i5 Processor
Titan Virtual Raid
• Intel Core i5/i7 Processor
Titan Virtual Force
• Intel Core i5/i7 Processor
VR GRAPHICS CARDS
For a real jaw-dropping VR experience, you'll need some powerful graphics - and here at Overclockers UK we've got you covered. With a huge range of both NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards available, it's easy to find your next upgrade.
VR UPGRADE BUNDLES
If you want to upgrade your rig without buying a brand new set up, an upgrade bundle is the perfect choice for you. Hardware is chosen to work in perfect harmony, with flexible options to tailor to your needs.
BELIEVE YOUR EYES
Break the boundaries of reality with the HTC Vive. Explore new and undiscovered lands, travel to distant galaxies, dive to the crushing depths of the ocean, and even travel back in time.
The Vive deliveries a fully immersive experience, with the only limitation being your imagination. With a full 360° world - VR will change how we communicate, learn, train, and entertain.
THE FUTURE OF VR
VR is the most exciting thing in gaming, and virtual reality news is only going to get better as these platforms mature.
For starters, they’re going to get more accessible as graphics hardware gets cheaper and more powerful – and headsets will also drop in price.
A lower barrier to entry will coincide with better technology throughout. Eye-tracking will enable more precision and better depth of field, screens will increase in resolution, controllers will improve, headsets will get lighter and the options for physical interaction will expand beyond controllers.
VR will continue to enhance gaming – but it’s going to evolve beyond that, too. Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook owns Oculus, and he reckons VR will be the next big computing platform, and “part of daily life for billions of people”.
It’ll be used for watching sports, communicating with friends, playing games and watching movies, virtual travelling, medicine and more.
VR is already changing the world, and it’s only going to continue. We’re sorted – are you ready to take the plunge and buy a VR headset?