Oculus Rift and a laptop, Does it work together?

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Oculus Rift and a laptop, Does it work together?

There are lots of reasons people prefer a laptop over a desktop, it’s more convenient, easy to travel with, doesn’t take as much space ( it doesn’t have all these wire hanging in the back), so if you are a gamer like me and like to combine everyday networking and gaming on your laptop, you will be happy to know that the next generations virtual reality games and the Oculus Rift will be available to play on a laptop.

What kind of laptop do you need to run the rift?

We all know you need a high-performance PC’s to support the rift, this is why at first we taught it would be impossible to play the Oculus rift on a laptop since it was never going to be powerful enough but with the new graphics card from Nvidia the GTX 980 they made it possible to happens.

They already integrated this new card in a bunch of new awesome gaming laptop. Here’s a list of the ones that are going to be compatible with the rift.

ASUS GX700VO (G-SYNC, Water-Cooled)

“MSI GT80” by Liebevoll – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

MSI GT80 (18,4″, SLI)

It’s also safe to say that all of these laptops have the same performance as any desktop computers, and another cool thing is that all of them are overclockable, which make gaming really interesting and you can be sure that with one of those laptops, you will get the best experience from the rift that you could get.

Upgrade your PC performance

These laptops above are really top quality and they can go for a lot of money. If you already have a good laptop and you would like to upgrade is the performance to be able to run the rift you can also do that by buying only the parts you need. This could be a better solution for you and a lot cheaper.

First things first, let me show you what is recommended of your system to be able to perform and support the rift.

Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 equivalent or greater

CPU: Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater

Memory: 8GB+ RAM

Video: Output Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output

USB Ports: 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port

OS:  Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer

These are the recommended specs made by Oculus, so if you have most of them there’s the possibility to buy only the parts you need. The most recent laptop already has most of those specs so you could get away having to buy only the video card from Nvidia.

If you don’t know what you are missing there is a test that you can run on the Oculus rift website, to find out if your laptop is rift ready or not, it will also let you know what you need to upgrade to be able to run the Oculus rift to it’s full capacity.