If the home consoles didn’t seem obsolete enough as it is, CyberPowerPC announced a partnership with Oculus for a VR-ready gaming PC that’s available for only $499.99.
The CyberPowerPC Gamer Ultra PC features 1TB of hard drive space, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a Radeon RX 470 with 4GB of VRAM, a DVD+RW drive, and an AMD FX 4350 at 4.2GHz.
Some of you might be wondering how CyberPowerPC was able to bring the price of a Oculus Rift compatible gaming PC down to just $499. Well, they explain over on the official Radeon website that Oculus has updated the software to utilize a similar technique that Sony implemented into the PlayStation VR with reprojection, which inserts additional frames in between the refresh of every standard frame, which was explained back in 2015 in an article on PS4 Daily.
For the CyberPowerPC rig, AMD and Oculus are taking advantage of Asynchronous Spaceward, where they state…
“The secret to enabling this is Oculus’ newly announced Asynchronous Spacewarp (ASW) feature, which complements their existing Asynchronous Timewarp technology. ASW compares previously rendered frames, detects motion between them, and projects new frames that accurately reflect where various scene components should be based on the user’s movement.”
Given that they’ve been able to optimize the Oculus Rift to work with hardware in a way that doesn’t require the best of the best or the most top of the line rig means that more gamers can afford to get into VR.
In addition to offering the $499.99 bundle, they also have a bundle that comes with the CyberPowerPC gaming PC and all the necessary Oculus Rift components so you can get a gaming rig and a VR headset for only $1,099.98.
Nate Mitchell, head of Oculus Rift, commented in the press release that they’ve been aiming to bring the price down so that more casual gamers can get into VR gaming, saying…
“Less than a year after launching the Oculus Ready program, we’re thrilled to see that the all-in price for jumping into the highest-quality VR experience continues to drop by hundreds of dollars,” […] “Thanks to the efforts of hardware companies like CyberPowerPC and AMD, more people will have the opportunity to enjoy the amazing games and experiences coming to Rift this year.”
Price was always a factor for keeping casuals out of the VR arena. With the Rift and HTC Vive costing as much as they do, only enthusiasts really took a dive into purchasing the headsets. The Gear VR has manage to sell more than 5 million units thanks to being under $99 and requiring nothing but a smartphone to use, but it’s nowhere near as powerful as the three major headsets, including the PSVR, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
With CyberPowerPC attempting to bring down the price of gaming PCs that can utilize VR headsets, it’s one more barrier lowered in an attempt to entice casual consumers.
You can purchase the new CyberPowerPC from Best Buy, Amazon and participating outlets right now for $499.99. For more info you can hit up the official Radeon website.