Gamers who want to buy both a new PC and an Oculus Rift headset but don’t have a ton of money to spend now have a cheap(ish) option. AMD, Oculus and CyberPowerpC have launched a new bundle that includes the Rift with a $499 PC for the price of $1,099.98. It’s currently available at Best Buy.
The new PC made for the Rift was first announced in October as part of the Oculus Connect 3 developer conference. At that time, AMD said the cost to buy a pre-built PC with the system requirements needed to run the Oculus Rift was around $949 back at the beginning of 2016. Now the price for that type of hardware has gone down to this new level.
The Gamer Ultra VR Desktop PC bundle includes the Rift, along with a Windows 10 PC with an AMD FX 4350 processor running at 4.2GHz, along with 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. It has a Radeon RX 470 GPU with 4GB of graphics memory, a DVD+RW-DVD-RW optical drive, three USB 3.0 ports, and seven USB 2.0 ports. The bundle even throws in a mouse and keyboard.
Part of the reason for the lower price for this Rift-ready PC is Oculus’ new Asynchronous Spacewarp (ASW) feature. It is supposed to compare previously rendered frames in a VR game or app and then it detects any motion between them. Finally it projects new frames that are supposed to reflect where various scene components should be, based on the user’s movement. AMD says that its new LiquidVR technology included in its Radeon ReLive drivers can handle the new projected frames without having to stress the main GPU. That will allow the Rift to run on lower end, and cheaper, graphics cards.