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.
Through the use of custom patented acousto-haptic feedback technology, the KOR-FX Gaming Vest isn't exactly a fashion accessory most common to the likes of slogan T-shirts or merchandising apparel. No. Where traditional gamepads will rumble the player's fingers through the means of simplistic motors, the KOR-FX takes things to the next level.
Created by company Immerz, the "Kinetic Omnidirectional Response" appropriately named the KOR-FX Gaming Vest – uses state of the art tracking technology to map in-game audio frequencies to transducers which in-turn create haptic feedback responses.
Virtual Reality is the next leap in technology, and is the most immersive experience that anybody can experience. The current VR headsets take you to another world, giving you a realistic experience being surrounded by a wide range of virtual environments.
The headsets are extremely responsive and realistic, tricking the users mind by letting the user accept that they are in a real environment or situation making Virtual Reality a perfect fit for gaming, medical, science, education and tourism.
We are letting users try out Virtual Reality for FREE at our Overclockers UK HQ in Newcastle-Under-Lyme, so you can try it out for yourself! Not only can you try out the headset, but you can try the full room scale experience, allowing you to walk around the virtual world and use the hand controllers getting the full immersive experience.
The following Virtual Reality games and demos are available to try for free:
Waltz of the Wizard
Google Tilt Brush
Cloudlands Mini Golf
Surgeon Simulator VR
Booking slots are for 15 minutes, so if you wish to try more games, you will have to book a longer slot, or book another time.
Paris Munro from Signal 1 Radio visited us recently and tried the Vive by HTC using Room Scale Experience Reality and thoroughly enjoyed it, even though she was extremely scared by the horror games!
The Vive by HTC is in stock today and is available to buy for next day delivery, we are giving free delivery to all UK Mainland customers.
We are selling the most advanced gaming graphics card ever created, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Graphics Card. The Founders Edition and the non-Founders Editions are available to buy today. With huge demand expected, we will be keeping the warehouse open till late to ensure all NVIDIA GTX 1080s orders are dispatched out today.
To celebrate the launch of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, we have a range of deals and offers available to all customers! Along with exclusive deals and discounts, we are giving away a free delivery code to offer free delivery on your entire basket, including Saturday and Sunday deliveries making sure customers receive the brand new graphics card before Bank Holiday Monday.
The new flagship NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 delivers up to three times the performance of previous generation graphics cards, plus superior energy-efficiency, innovative new technologies, and breakthrough VR experience.
Make the most of the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and have a tear-free experience with NVIDIA G-Sync monitors! We have some exclusive discounts on G-Sync monitors. Grab an Acer Predator XB270HUD 27” monitor for as little as £374.99, and an Acer Predator X34A monitor for only £899.99 with a massive saving of £96!
The full PC system range has been updated with NVIDIA GTX 1080 options available in all high performance PCs. The Infin8 Toxicity has a brilliant offer, that has a FREE upgrade to a GTX 1080 giving you 2x GTX 1080s for the same price as 2x GTX 980Ti’s.
For those that need to upgrade to run the latest NVIDIA technology, the award winning Super Flower Leadex Gold 750W PSU has dropped in price from £109.99 to £79.99! Allowing you to run not one, but TWO NVIDIA GTX 1080s!
Along with exclusive discounts on performance hardware, we are also running free delivery on shopping baskets with noblechairs. What better way to enjoy ultimate performance, than with ultimate comfort!
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 are proud to announce an extension to our showroom to provide a permanent Vive Room Scale VR Experience!
Room Scale VR allows users with a Vive to move around and interact with a virtual environment, in the comfort of their own home. With our new 20m squared room, users are able to have a truly immersive experience using Overclockers UK Virtual Reality Certified hardware.
Our Overclockers UK Room Scale VR Experience is launching with a special event, which will take place at the Overclockers UK Newcastle-Under-Lyme showroom on Thursday the 17th of March. This event is open to the public and we have a booking system in place allowing users to reserve their very own VR Experience! The Room Scale VR Experience will be a permanent feature at our store, which will allow everyone to experience Room Scale VR in their own time. Book your experience here: http://bit.ly/VR-Experience
Virtual Reality hardware can be purchased from Overclockers UK, everything from upgrading your current computer system to support VR, to VR compatible peripherals. With all of the hardware all in one place, we have got you covered!
More on Virtual Reality and our VR Ready Gaming PCs can be found here: https://www.overclockers.co.uk/lp/virtual-reality.html
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.
GeForce GTX graphics cards provide a powerful next-generation platform for the ultimate immersive virtual reality experience. Rigs and cards marked with “GeForce GTX VR Ready” ensure that your VR games will be optimized with a best-in-class GPU.
Immersive VR requires seven times the graphics processing power of traditional 3D apps and games. NVIDIA’s unique set of features - such as multi-res shading - mean you get the right level of performance, image quality, and latency to ensure your VR experience is nothing short of amazing.
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