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Oculus Rift VR pre-orders are live, and ASUS is ready

Virtual reality promises to be one of the most exciting developments in PC gaming, and it’s getting tantalizingly close to market. Oculus just launched a pre-order program for its long-awaited Rift headset. Priced at $599, the Oculus Rift is expected to ship in March 2016.

High frame rates and low latency are critical to maintaining immersion in virtual reality, making a powerful PC essential to a good experience. The system requirements Oculus released last year call for a quad-core Intel Core i5-4590 processor or better paired with at least an AMD Radeon R9 290 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 graphics card, plus 8GB of RAM.

ASUS is prepping Oculus-Ready systems based on the G11CD and ROG G20CB gaming desktops. Those models are coming soon, but you don’t have to wait to get your hands on a machine that’s ready for VR. Some versions of the G11 and G20 already meet Oculus’ minimum spec.

In true PC DIY spirit, you can build your own VR-ready rig with ASUS components. We have numerous graphics cards that fit the bill, including two versions of the GeForce GTX 970: the Strix, which features a dual-fan DirectCU II cooler, and the Turbo, which uses a dual-intake blower. ASUS also makes myriad motherboards that can be populated with CPUs and memory that meet Oculus’ requirements.


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