PCR’s guide the latest VR hardware

We take a look at the latest machines, components and headsets to create the ultimate VR gaming setup.

Stormforce Crystal RTX 2070 VR Gaming PC

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Specs: Cooler Master H500 RGB chassis, Intel i7-9700K overclocked to 5.0GHz, Intel Z370 Chipset, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Graphics, 16GB DDR4 2666MHz RAM, 250GB NVMe SSD, 2TB HDD, Wi-Fi, Windows 10 Home.

“This Stormforce Crystal VR gaming PC is designed to work perfectly in tandem with Oculus Rift and HTC VIVE headsets. Armed with an impressive Intel Core i7-9700K processor (overclocked to 5.0 GHz) and powerful NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 graphics, the Crystal will immerse you in incredible realism for the ultimate VR experience.”

Contact: CMS Computers

Oculus Rift S Headset

Specs: Next-gen optics, improved fresnel lense, Oculus Insight tracking, ergonomic halo headband, adjustable fit wheel.

“Take on pulse-pounding VR games with our most advanced PC-powered headset. Our next-generation optics have a sharper display that delivers bright, vivid colours and a reduced “screen-door” effect. Oculus Insight tracking translates your movements into VR no matter which way you’re facing without external sensors. Redesigned with speed and comfort in mind, your headset stays securely in place with a quick twist of the fit wheel. With Oculus Touch controllers, you can slash, throw and grab with realistic precision in the top games VR has to offer.”

Contact: Oculus

Shuttle XPC SH370R8

Specs: 332 x 216 x 198 mm, supports 8th/9th-gen Intel Coffee Lake processors up to 95W, 64 GB DDR4 RAM, space for 4x 3.5’’ drives or 8x 2.5’’ drives (Shuttle PHD3 accessory and third-party RAID controller required), 2x M.2, supports dual-slot graphics cards of the Turing generation, triple 4K display (2x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI 2.0), 4x USB 3.1 Gen 2, 1x Gigabit-LAN, WLAN module optional, 500W 80+ Silver PSU.

“With approx. 14.2 litres in volume, the SH370R8 ships with the case, Shuttle mainboard, CPU heatpipe cooling and power supply as standard. This means it is fully customisable in terms of processor, memory, drives and graphics card. The SH370R8 sports 4x USB 3.1 Gen 2 connectors for your VR gear and other peripherals. For your VR experience on a mini PC platform to commence, you will need third-party hardware from the likes of Oculus or HTC for example, bundled VR software and of course a game that supports VR. An Intel Core i5, an AMD Radeon Vega 56 or an Nvidia GTX 1070, plus 16GB of memory may be considered as minimum specs with reference to VR hardware maker’s recommendations.”

Contact: Ci Distribution, GNR: Tech, Terra Computer

ASUS ROG Strix RTX 2070 Graphics Card

Specs: Quantum Cloud compatible, NVIDIA TURING, DirectX 12, NVIDIA Shadowplay, patented wing-blade fans, MaxContact technology, auto-extreme technology, Super Alloy Power II, ASUS FanConnect II, GPU Tweak II.

“Taking advantage of the power that the new Turing GPU architecture provides, the ROG Strix RTX 2070 O8G Gaming graphics card is a great choice for VR gaming. Triple fan cooling will keep your temperatures down and your framerates high, while the power will keep your VR experience consistent and realistic. The including of the new USB Type-C connection, designed to be futureproofed for VR use, makes this the perfect card for VR gaming.”

Contact: ASUS UK

HTC Vive Pro VR Headset

Specs: Dual AMOLED 3.5 inches diagonal screen, 1440 x 1600 pixels per eye (2880 x 1600 pixels combined) resolution, 90 Hz refresh rate, 110 degrees field of view,

“Precision tracking provides 360-degree coverage of your movements to the millimetre – floor to ceiling. Use VIVE seated, standing, or in a space up to 20’ x 20’, with supporting base stations. Even distribution of the headset achieves an optimal centre of gravity – creating comfort in VR. High impedance headphones driven by a powerful amplifier and integrated 3D spatial sound delivers true-to-life immersive audio with dual microphones for active noise cancellation.”

Contact: HTC

AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Processor

Specs: 6 CPU Cores, 3.9GHz max boost clock, 12 threads, PCIe 3.0 x16, Wraith Stealth, 3.4GHz
base clock.

“Built for gamers, creators and PC enthusiasts, the Ryzen 5 2600 features True Machine Intelligence to optimise responsiveness every millisecond. Perfect for eSports and AAA title gamers, play all your favourite games and explore new worlds in VR. Create, edit and stream content with lighting fast responsiveness. Power through heavy workloads like photo and video editing with ultimate performance. Compatible with all AM4 motherboards (with firmware BIOS update). AMD bundles the Wraith Stealth cooler with the 2nd gen Ryzen 5 2600 processor, featuring a low profile and excellent thermal performance.”

Contact: AMD

Stormforce Crystal GTX 1660Ti VR Gaming PC

Specs: Cooler Master 5.0 Lite RGB chassis, Intel i5-9400F boosting to 4.10GHz, Intel Z370 chipset, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti graphics, 16GB DDR4 2666MHz RAM, 250GB SSD, 1TB HDD, Wi-Fi, Windows 10 Home.

“This Stormforce Crystal VR gaming PC is designed to work perfectly in tandem with Oculus Rift and HTC VIVE headsets. The machine comes armed with an impressive Intel Core i5-9400F processor (boosting to 4.10 GHz) and awesome NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti graphics.”

Contact: CMS Computers

Intel Core i9-9900K

Specs: 8 cores, 16 threads, 3.60GHz processor base frequency, 5.00GHz max turbo frequency, compatible only with motherboards based on Intel 300 Series chipsets, Intel Optane Memory supported, Intel UHD graphics 630.

“Game with confidence with the performance of the unlocked 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900K desktop processor. Built with Solder Thermal Interface Material to help maximise efficient heat transfer from the processor to the cooler, allowing overclockers to push their systems further and gamers to experience lower temperatures under load. Plus, with the free Intel Extreme tuning utility you can get the most from your unlocked processor by fine tuning your overclock.”

Contact: Intel

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