CyberPowerPC Announces Oculus Rift-Ready VR Gaming PC For $499
(Last Updated On: January 9, 2017)

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.

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  • Ghost

    I wasn’t really interested in the Oculus Rift, at least not at this point in time. But, I did go ahead and buy the pc. In total, it cost me $608. It’s going to arrive Saturday. We shall see how it performs!

    • Bold choice. But yeah VR does seem to be some part of the future, I’m just kind of waiting for a real good killer app.

  • savaze

    I’ve bought through Cyberpower twice over the last decade. The first time was a mid-range gaming rig and it didn’t work upon arrival. I went round and round with their tech support and they basically told me their back log was so long that if I sent it in it would take around 6 months to fix. So I paid out of pocket to replace the motherboard and it worked fine. I had built a few systems since then and was looking to upgrade to a mid-to high end rig. I was pricing out the part and came across some articles on how Cyberpower had done some restructuring and grown. I checked their prices and they were a few hundred cheaper than building it myself, so I took the plunge and spent a couple K on a nice rig. It arrived with a million problems (motherboard, CPU, HDD). Before losing my mind I called and waited on hold forever before being dumped off the line, it happened a few times. So I sent them an email (tech support listed on their main page) and unfortunately they only respond to email once a week, and it’s usually a single line response along the lines of we can’t help unless you call in. Long story short they don’t have good phone support and their email support is nonexistent. Their low-mid level techs aren’t qualified to talk to customers and only know how to install windows and run simple support software. They have horrible record keeping related to tech support as well, each time I called in they said something along the lines of “Oh it looks like you had a Windows related problem the last time you called,” wrong again kid. I bought the computer on July 4th (2016) and it was sent in 5 times (on their dime), with four of those the only thing they did was reinstall windows and send it back. The 5th time I dealt with one of their managers, and he had a problem of leaving me on hold for prolonged periods of time (45-60 minutes) and returning my calls with an automated system that sent my back to the lowest level tech to work my way back to him (another hour or two each time). If I didn’t have extensive picture evidence (showing that parts were held together with tape and had incorrect cordage forced into wrong slots) I’m not sure it would have ever gotten fixed. As it was, it took until November to get a working computer from them. BUYER BEWARE!

  • Ghost

    I might buy this. I’ve been working on putting together a new budget rig since mine was made for stuff like wotlk. Probably wont.

    Also, it’s going to take a hell of a lot more than a price drop to make current VR tech seem more appealing to the average gamer. There’s still no killer app, which is a real shame, because VR, even in it’s current state, is just begging for a game to take full advantage of the different technologies available.