This article gives details of what you need to set up VR gaming on your laptop, the specification, and accessories. As of writing, the items listed are in stock and the prices current.
The article also gives a review of the top 5 VR gaming Ready laptops that are available on Amazon.
The major accessories required are the Headset and your laptops to get started.
For the purpose of this article, the major headsets that will be discussed are the Oculus Rift and the HTC vive.
This happens to be the most recognizable Virtual reality headset simply because it was on was what everyone wanted and it also caught the media eye. Another reason for the popularity is because Facebook shoveled out 2 billion USD to buy parent ‘Oculus VR’
Major specifications needed to run the Oculus Rift
The graphics Chipset of the Oculus; NVIDIA GTX 970/ AMD 290 equivalent or something greater
The Random Access Memory (RAM) is 8 GB or more
Video output of the Oculus Rift is the Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output.
The CPU is Intel i5-4590 equivalent or something greater than that.
The Oculus rift works on the Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer operating System.
The graphics chipset required for the HTC Vive is NVIDIA GTX 980 with 4GB or better.The recommendation and specifications for this Headset is very similar to that of the oculus rift.
16GB RAM and at least 8GB available hard drive space.
The CPU, Intel Core i7-3770k Quad core CPU or AMD FX 4350 Quad core CPU or higher.
Again, The Operating system being Windows 7/8/10 64 bit or later.
The VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC vive will promise an incredible immersive experience alongside 360 degree games apps and videos. However, you will need a powerful laptop with Graphic capabilities such as Max-Q GPUs or the NVidia’s 10 series GPUs.
Before going into the Top 5 VR laptops, below are the minimum specifications that you will need to experience Virtual Reality. Some of the specifications have been listed earlier;
- Intel Core i5-6300HQ processor
- 8GB of Random Access Memory
- Windows 8 or 10, 1920 x 1080 display
- Two USB 3.0 ports
- Nividia GeForce GTX 980, 1060, 1070 or 1080 GPU and
- HDMI 1.4.
The top 5 VR Gaming laptops that are on Amazon include the following.
Not only a slim body, this laptop has the specs to run VR and run it well.
With this laptop, you have the opportunity to get up to the 7th generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor choice, the laptop also comes with the NVIDIA GTX 1060 GPU, 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM and can also read up to 16GB DDR4 RAM.
The display of the Acer Aspire is the 15-inch Variant with 1920 x 1080 resolutions. The USB ports of the laptop supports the USB-C thunderbolt 3, the HDMI, traditional USB-A and Ethernet.
A heck of a performer. This laptop offers a large 1080p that is bright enough to make your room lightened. This laptop has a powerful Core i7 processor and a NVidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU that makes it easy for the laptop to support either the HTC vive or the Oculus Rift.
The battery life for the Laptop is over 5 hours which is preferable for a gaming laptop.
This beast packs a punch with an i7 , 16GB RAM and 256GB SSD. You also have an extra 1TB separate hard drive to store all your downloaded twitch videos (who needs cloud storage?). The Nvidia GTX 6GB Graphics is all you’ll need in life.
ASUS ROG Strix GL502VS – £1842.90
This laptop has either the NVIDIA GTX 1060 or GTX 1070 GPU which makes for gorgeous visuals and will run well with the 7th generation Intel core i7-7700HQ. The laptop also has the clock speed of 3.8GHZ. The display of the laptop is 15.6 inches and it has a resolution of 1920 x 1080. The laptop supports 16GB of DDR4 RAM.
Razer Blade 14-inch FHD Gaming Laptop £1,999.00
This new laptop is similar to the old Razer but this version has a body of 0.7 inches (thickness).
The laptop has NVIDIA GTX 1060 GTX 1070 GPU, a 6GB GDDR5 RAM and 16GB DDR4 RAM.
The laptop is also a 7th generation laptop with i7-7700HQ intel core processor which makes the laptop run incredibly smoothly.
The 14” 1080p display is also available in 4K which is fantastic for non-VR gaming.
The laptop also boasts a chroma keyboard which has millions of color combinations.
The laptop has 3 USB-A 3.0 ports, a thunderbolt port, it also has a HDMI port that makes the VR connectivity easy.
Well there you go.
We know the game constantly changes in this area; however purchase one of the laptops above and you likely won’t need another one for at least a decade.