Virtual Reality is one of the biggest deals in gaming and computing, with dozens of companies trying to grab a slice of this futuristic pie. The amount of choice is great for consumers, but it’s confusing too.
The virtual reality headsets on the market are divided into two mains camps: the PC hardware takes most of the plaudits for high-end performance, are console headsets are beginning to make waves. And then there are smartphone headsets, too.
We’ve delved into the packed market to explain the key differences between PC and console VR – and to help you get you ready for the best virtual reality games.
We are attending VR World Congress, an event held at the Marriott City Centre Hotel in Bristol on the 12th of April. VRWC has a dedicated expo hall filled to the brim with exciting and innovative companies showing off the latest developments in VR.
The event is bringing in over 600 buyers, sellers, and developers from VR and its surrounding industries to connect with the brightest minds in the VR industry.
The latest and greatest gaming PCs will be on display, starting from the recommended specification all the way up to the high performance PCs from 8Pack. We will also be demonstrating the Vive for visitors to try whilst at the event on the Overclockers UK Virtual Reality Certified PCs.
We were one of the first in the UK to bring the Room Scale VR Experience to the public. The Room Scale VR Experience is a permanent feature at the Overclockers UK store, which will allow everyone to experience Room Scale VR in their own time.
To celebrate the attendance of the event, we are giving away 2 tickets to this event on our forum here.
We have partnered with HTC to bring Virtual Reality to life. The Vive is now available for pre-order through the HTC Vive website at the price of £689.
The HTC Vive is a virtual reality headset, bundled with two handheld controllers, and two base stations, that allows the user to interact with the three-dimensional virtual environment.
To ensure that you can play the incredible PC game titles, like Elite Dangerous, Star Citizen, and Eve Valkyrie, Project Cars, Flight Simulator, and more, make sure your PC is VR Ready. Maybe Half Life 3 will make an appearance from Valve as a VR optimised game. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.
The SteamVR benchmark is an easy-to-use tool to calculate if a PC is VR Ready, we recommend to have a score of 6 to 7 and above to be VR Ready at the minimum requirement. But for the absolute best VR experience, you need a score of 10 to 11 in the SteamVR benchmark. To achieve this, we recommend a high performance graphics card, a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980Ti or Titan X and from AMD a R9 Nano, or a Radeon Fury X.
Absolute minimum specification: A NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD R9 390 or higher or in Steam VR Benchmark terms a score of 6-7.
Recommended specification: A NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 or AMD R9 390X/NANO/FURY with a Steam VR benchmark score of 8-9.
Ideal specification: If you want to play a title such as Elite Dangerous with all visuals enabled and maximum quality you need a score of 10+ in the Steam VR Benchmark as such you will need a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980Ti or Titan X and from AMD were talking Nano/Fury Crossfire or an overclocked Fury X.
As an official HTC partner we have been extensively testing hardware configurations in-house with a vast range of combinations giving the user an excellent solution at the best possible price point.
We have three Virtual Reality gaming PCs available, starting from £749 we have the OcUK Kinetic VR Gaming PC, followed by the Titan Virtual Raid VR Gaming PC, and the Titan Virtual Force VR Gaming PC. These three PCs are available at different price points suitable to all customers, dependant on their usages and performance requirements.
Virtual Reality gaming PCs, compatible simulator peripherals, to completely VR PC packages are all available through our website. With the hardware all in one place, we have got you covered.
VR World Congress is the UK's biggest and best conference and expo focused on the world of Virtual Reality, taking place in Bristol on the 12th of April, 2016. We will be there to demonstrate the latest VR Gaming PCs along with the HTC Vive to show what is possible.
We welcome Virtual Reality to our forum, and have added a dedicated section to all things VR. All technology and software relating to virtual reality and augmented reality such as HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, gaming, research or engineering.