AMD touts the $499 VR-ready PC from CyberpowerPC (but it's not available)

Posted on Friday, Oct 07 2016 @ 15:48 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
AMD is promoting the new $499 Oculus Rift VR Ready gaming PC from CyberPowerPC. As mentioned in my previous news post, Oculus presented a couple of software tricks which promise to make VR gaming possibly on mainstream hardware. Features like Async Timewarp and Async Spacewarp create synthetic frames that intend to deliver a VR gaming experience that is "good enough".
Speaking of price points: At the beginning of 2016, the price to buy a pre-built PC capable of running an Oculus Rift was a bare minimum of $949, according to Oculus. Today during his keynote at Oculus Connect 3, Oculus CEO and Co-founder Brendan Iribe unveiled a new limited edition CyberPowerPC, powered by Radeon™ RX 470 graphics and an AMD FX™ 4350 processor. This powerful PC is priced at just $499 USD MSRP when purchased with an Oculus Rift.
CyberPowerPC is the front-runner for affordable VR gaming with the introduction of a $499 gaming PC with the AMD FX 4350 processor and AMD Radeon R7 470 video card. It's a limited edition though, and the offer is only valid when you purchase the system in combination with an Oculus Rift VR headset. The system comes preloaded with Windows 10, has a 1TB HDD, a DVD drive, and includes a mouse and keyboard.

It does seem more like a curiosity, AMD mentions it's a limited edition and CyberPowerPC says it will be available soon but offers little more details. The $499 VR-ready PC is a good headline-grabber but don't expect to be able to actually buy it and actually enjoy high-end VR games.

As a reminder, this system offers the bare minimum hardware specifications for VR gaming. Those wishing to get a better experience may opt for the more readily available CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR. That's a $699 system with an Intel Core i5-6402P, AMD Radeon RX 480 video card, and a WiFi USB adapter.

VR or 499

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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