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Oculus Launches Oculus Compatibility Tool to Check if Your Rig Can Run Rift

The Oculus Rift costs $599 USD, but that might not be the cheapest item you have to pick up to actually use the virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). The kit also requires a powerful PC (recommended specs below), in order to run titles that deliver 90fps gameplay among other features. Of course, not everyone will know if they have a PC capable of running the Oculus Rift, which is why Oculus VR has today launched the Oculus Compatibility Tool to help everyone check that their rig is up to snuff.


The tool can be downloaded from a direct link over on Oculus VR’s blog in which it announced the opening of pre-orders for the Oculus Rift, with shipping starting on 28th March 2016. After a quick install, you’ll be able to quickly find out if your machine meets the requirements in terms of a Graphics Card, Processor, Memory, Operating System and USB Ports. A shot of the system in action can be seen below, clearly marking out where a machine is up to standard and where it isn’t. An option to head to the pre-order page is also available.

For those that don’t meet the requirements, Oculus VR will next month be launching pre-orders for Oculus Ready PCs, a set of rigs from the likes of Asus, Dell and Alienware that will meet the specifications. These start at $950 and Oculus VR will be offering special bundles to pick one up with an Oculus Rift starting at $1,499, meaning savings of at least $50 will be possible in some cases. It’s not yet clear exactly which machines will be available as part of the deal at this point in time.

For the latest updates on the Oculus Rift, check back with VRFocus.

Graphics Card: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 equivalent or greater
Processor: Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
Memory: 8GB+ RAM
Output: Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
Input: 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port
Operating System: Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer


  1. 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port

    I’ve two USB 3.0 ports on the mainboard & additional four on PCI-E extension card…
    but, as this tool said: “The hardware that powers your USB ports has known incompatibilities with Rift”

    Really? USB 3.0 =/= USB 3.0 ???

    I must buy the one and only compatible card: https://support.oculus.com/hc/en-us/articles/215864697 ??
    Or it will be working normal because USB is just USB?

    1. Some usb 3 chipsets are lacking and have compatibility problems with some hardware. You can always buy a decent expansion card to get over the problems rather than upgrading your whole pc :

      Inateck PCI-E to USB 3.0 5-Port PCI-E card

  2. I passed everything but the Processor check. I’m running a amd 8350 overclocked to 4.5 and it says its not enough. Is this correct?

    1. It is hard to tell until people are able to test it… I know that a non OC 8350 can have quite a bit lower performance depending on the game/program.

  3. Interestingly the compatibility tool only checks that you have USB 3, but not how many actual ports there are, so I pass even though I only have 2. Also 3dmark says my graphics card isnt up to scratch, but again the Oculus tool says it meets the spec.

  4. You only need 2 USB 3.0 slots to run the Oculus Rift. You will need a third USB 3.0 slot to run the Oculus Touch, which is not available for order.

    I almost bought a PCIe USB 3.0 card because I only have 2 slots open, but I’ll wait for the Touch.

    1x 3.0 USB port for the headset
    1x 3.0 USB port for the 3D Positional Tracker
    1x 3.0 USB port for Oculus Touch (available at a later date)
    1x 2.0 USB port for Xbox wireless controller

  5. This compatibility checker is kinda useless.

    It says my procesor doesn’t meet the specifications. But last time I checked my i7-3770K beats the i5-4590, even on the pc-mark site they suggest……

    Then my graphics card also doesn’t meet specifications, it says: Your Intel (R) HD 4000 graphics card doesn’t meet the specification…….. ehhhh pardon?? That is the embedded card, it doesn’t even detect my Sapphire 7970…. LOL

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