The HTC Vive’s recently released $799 price tag may have you questioning if its system is as hefty as its cost, and how powerful a PC needs to be to support the Vive. If you’re eager to start wielding a motion controller, a free tool has just been released to help prospective players determine if their PC can run the hardware – with a decidedly Portal-esque spin (via. Polygon).
“The SteamVR Performance Test measures your system’s rendering power using a 2-minute sequence from Valve’s Aperture Robot Repair VR demo,” reports the announcement page, “After collecting the data it determines whether your system is capable of running VR content at 90fps and whether VR content can tune the visual fidelity up to the recommended level. For machines that are not VR Ready the tool can help determine whether capabilities are bound by Graphics Card, CPU, or both.”
Oculus have also released their own test for PC power on their pre-order page, which lets players know if their system is or is not ready. However, Valve’s 1.9GB tool offers more of a range when it comes to your computer. The test will tell you if your system can function perfectly, only-just capable to run VR games, or if your PC just isn’t powerful enough. The software will also offer advice by outlining the types of upgrades players will need to make their PC VR-ready.
The tool tests PC capabilities for ‘high fidelity VR’ at 90 frames per second, so isn’t necessarily restricted for use with the Vive. However, the tool reports that different headsets may require differing CPU power for tracking and application-processing, and does not test for the correct amount of USB ports for each headset.
Pre-orders for the HTC Vive open on February 29. The $799 system will be shipped in early April, with the Oculus Rift arriving a little sooner this March for $599. In the meantime, you can test your computer by downloading the SteamVR tool now.