In our previous blog, we enumerated seven of the best virtual reality headsets you can buy this year. Today, we’ll help you find the best computer for virtual reality. If your business offers on-site VR experiences (i.e. 3D Virtual Tours), you need to purchase the correct VR computer for your needs. You need a computer that won’t crash when you immerse your clients in VR. When you provide a smooth VR experience, the more engaged your clients to you.
What’s the ideal VR computer specs?
As a VR service company, we want you to provide VR experiences that work. We highly recommend using a computer that can deliver VR at 90 Frames per Second (FPS). Anything less than that causes VR sickness. You don’t want your clients to feel nauseous, drowsiness, headache, or visual discomfort.
GPU & CPU
To provide a nausea-free VR experience, you need a computer with a powerful central processing unit and graphics card.
We highly recommend using Intel’s 8th and 9th Gen Core Processors (i7 8700K, i7 9700K, i9 9900K, and higher). The clock speed must be a minimum of 3.5GHz, but we recommend 4GHz and up. The faster the better.
Since VR requires your computer to run two displays (one for each eye), you need a powerful GPU. We suggest using NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2070 and 2080 cards… higher if you opt to use newer VR headsets with higher resolution like HTC VIVE Pro.
For high-end VR, we recommend using a computer with a 32GB RAM. The higher the better.
Oculus and HTC’s minimum RAM requirements for VR is 8GB. However, this isn’t enough to run multiple professional VR applications (in case you’re using more than one), so opt for a laptop with 16GB RAM.
You can also use a custom built computer on your high-performance VR station. Assembling your own computer is your best bet to get a computer that performs beyond your expectations.
Operating Systems and ports
For the operating system, Windows 10 is the most ideal.
Running VR requires ports namely one USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, and one HDMI port.
Computers available on the market
Running a VR service company, we are familiar with the good computers that you can use to run your on-site VR experience.
One of the best laptops for this job is the ASUS GX501 with GTX 1080 GPU. Here are our other recommended laptops for VR:
- Alienware 17
- Razer Blade
- ASUS ROG G752VS
- Origin EON17-SLX
- MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro
- ASUS ROG Strix GL502VS
- Acer Predator 17 X
- Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition
- Lenovo Legion Y720
- HP OMEN X (laptop desktop combination, perfect for VR on the go)
For desktop computers, try the Alienware Aurora R8 and the BOXX S3 with GTX 1080Ti GPU. The Lenovo Legion T730, Origin Chronos, and CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR are also great options.
There is a long list of VR-ready laptops and desktop computers. We expect future models to be more powerful than the current ones. But, one thing is for sure: you will encounter several technical difficulties. So, you need to know how to troubleshoot, cool the laptop while running VR, solve driver issues, and more.