The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are two of the top virtual reality headsets in the market today, with both devices built to win over hardcore PC gamers.
The Oculus Rift can be imported to South Africa for around R11,000, while the HTC Vive sells for $799 (R11,000) in the United States.
Both devices are backed by big players in the world of online entertainment and services – the Rift by Facebook and the Vive by Valve.
While over R11,000 is already a serious price tag, gamers will still need a high-end PC to use the headsets – which does not come cheap.
VR System Requirements
|Minimum Specifications||HTC Vive||Oculus Rift|
|CPU||Intel Core i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350||Intel Core i5-4590|
|GPU||Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 290||Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 290|
|Video Output||HDMI 1.4 / DisplayPort 1.2||HDMI 1.3|
|Operating System||Windows 7||Windows 7 64-bit|
|USB||1 x USB 2.0||3 x USB 3.0 + 1 x USB 2.0|
VR-ready PC price
We took pricing from Evetech and Rebel Tech and put together a PC which would meet the specifications above.
|Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz||R3,700|
|Asus GeForce GTX 970||R5,700|
|MSI H110 PRO-VHL||R1,400|
|8GB Corsair DDR4-2,133MHz||R600|
|Samsung 250GB 850 EVO||R1,700|
|Antec 600W PSU||R1,000|
|BitFenix Midi Tower||R500|
The cost of an operating system, peripherals, and screen have been excluded.