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VIVE Headset

The Virtual Experience

What is Virtual Reality, aka VR?
Virtual reality is as close as one can possibly get to simulating reality without actually being real. It is the ultimate immersive experience.

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VR Systems and Components

Seated, Standing, and Room-Scale Experiences
VR products like Vive work with your VR-ready system to transport you to a new reality. Journey to the deepest corners of the galaxy on a starship, explore the alleys of ancient Rome, or shrink yourself down to subatomic size to watch molecules collide. In the Vive Reality, anything you can imagine is real.

Is Your System VR Ready?

Like any great adventure, it's important to review your checklist to make sure your gear is ready for the journey. For a great VR experience, we recommend the following VR-ready system requirements:

  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 980 or AMD Radeon™ R9 390 equivalent or greater (minimum GTX 970 or AMD Radeon™ R9 290 equivalent)
  • CPU: Intel® Core i5-4590 or AMD FX 8350 equivalent or greater
  • RAM: 16GB or greater (minimum 8GB)
  • Video Output: HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2 or newer (minimum HDMI 1.34)
  • USB Port: 1x USB 3.0 or better port (minimum 1x USB 2.)
  • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10
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VR Ready Video Cards
Looking for VR-ready graphics cards? We recommend an NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon™ R9 290 equivalent or greater. If you’ve purchased a good desktop PC in the last two years, it’s likely all you need is a new VR-ready graphics card to upgrade your PC to make it VR-ready.


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VR Ready Systems
Experience the best of every virtual world with a complete VR-ready system. You'll need an NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 970 or AMD Radeon™ R9 290 equivalent or greater video card, an Intel® Core i5-4590 or AMD FX 8350 equivalent or greater processor, and a minimum of 8GB or greater of RAM, and that's just the basics. Each of these systems is fully VR-ready and waiting to transport you to the furthest realms of virtual reality.
  • Intel Core i7-6700 Processor 3.4GHz
  • AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB GDDR5 VR Ready
  • 8GB RAM
  • 1TB HDD
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home
  • 8x DVD SuperMulti Double-Layer Drive
  • Digital Media Card Reader
  • 10/100/1000 Network
  • 802.11ac Wireless
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • Display Not Included


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  • Intel Core i7-7700K Processor 4.2GHz
  • CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO Cooler
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5 VR Ready
  • ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K6 Motherboard
  • 16GB 3200 DDR4 RAM
  • 500GB SSD + 2TB HD
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
  • Asus 24x DVDRW Drive
  • 802.11ac Wireless
  • Display Not Included


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  • Intel Core i5-6400 Processor 2.70GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 VR Ready
  • 8GB RAM
  • 1TB HDD
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • DVD-RW Drive
  • SD Card Reader
  • 10/100/1000 Network
  • 802.11ac Wireless+Bluetooth 4.2
  • Display Not Included


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  • Intel Core i5-7400 Processor 3.0GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB GDDR5
  • 8GB DDR4-2400 RAM
  • 512GB M.2 Solid State Drive
  • Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
  • 10/100/1000 Network
  • 802/11ac Wireless
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Display Not Included


VR Ready Processors
Get maximum power and performance for your VR experience with an Intel® Core i5-4590 or AMD FX 8350 equivalent or greater processor. You'll be armed with the ultimate tools and weapons for every adventure ensuring success and victory in whatever virtual world you're exploring or conquering.

 Related Products

This is shaping up to be a year of growth for VR in the consumer market with Google, Samsung, and others having made serious commitments to VR technology. If you're eager to explore the vast virtual worlds of VR without breaking the bank, you can get started with a basic VR viewer that will deliver a VR experience using your smartphone and the viewer headset, following is a look at some of them have to offer.

Samsung VR Gear

Basic Viewers

Google Cardboard
You'll need the official Cardboard App and a compatible viewer. Add your choice of VR experiences and you have a relatively inexpensive entry into the world of VR. The Cardboard app is free for both Android and iOS. Install the app on your smartphone, pair it with your compatible viewer and VR experience, and you're ready to go. Cardboard viewers start at around $15.00 for literal cardboard versions you assemble yourself. Some customized options like the hard plastic View Master VR from Mattel cost more. If you're really adventurous, Google offers instructions to turn a pizza box and a few basic hardware store items into a Cardboard viewer. The key to Cardboard is to look for the Works with the Google Cardboard badge on the apps to ensure compatibility.

Samsung Gear VR
Samsung Gear VR is designed to work with the Samsung Galaxy line of Android Smartphones. Resembling goggles, it's fitted with foam padding and an adjustable elastic headband to hold the Gear VR comfortably in place during use. The Gear VR incorporates technology by Oculus—a leader in VR. Because the Gear VR relies on technology you already have on your Galaxy smartphone, the price point is about $100. Apps, games, and videos for the Gear VR can be downloaded from the Oculus Store.