Making Your Home Ready for VR

Everyone knows that virtual reality (VR) is the next big thing in the tech world. The year 2016 will remain forever remembered as the publication date of two incredible devices Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. However, if you believe that having these two things alone is going to be enough you are sadly mistaken. What good is it to have the most incredible VR piece of tech out there if your internet is going to buffer even during the simplest video load. Also, you may hope to try your hand (and eyes) in the latest installments of video games, only to realize that your PC can’t support them. Because of this, you need to make your home ready for VR.

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Upgrading Your PC

First thing you want to do is go ahead and upgrade your PC configuration or even replace it completely, if your finances allow it. However, making a gaming PC worthy of VR is all but easy and it’s not cheap either. The greatest problem here you will have with your GPU (graphics processing unit). Seeing how both devices use dual-lens setup with 1080×1200 per display, this means that your GPU will have to possess at least 2160×1200 resolution on the normal setting. However, with the eye buffer mode on, this requirement will rise to 3024×1680 which is not something to trifle with. To sum up, the only way to be sure is to go with either NVIDIA GTX 970 or AMD R9 390. As for the CPU, you should be safe with Intel i5-4590 or equivalent.

Broadband Bundle

The thing about bundles is that it is sometimes quite hard to evaluate just what it brings at the table. In fact, one bad or good trait may make you evaluate the whole bundle just based on that. For instance, the broadband itself may be so good that you may can oversee the low number of entertainment TV channels offered or whether or not you have unlimited standard local calls on your phone. Furthermore, there are some other issues to look out for when you need to compare broadband bundles, such as the duration of your contract and the quality of hardware. Now, in order to make your home truly prepared for all the options that VR brings, your safest choice would be to go with Telstra broadband plans.

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Choosing your Tool of Choice

Finally, all you have to do now is choose which VR device you intend to get for your household. Sure, there is always an option for you to get both of them so that the whole family can enjoy, but this won’t be the case in most situations. So, first thing you need to do is visit some reviews and see what they have to say. First of all, the price of Oculus Rift is $600 while the price of HTC Vive is almost $800 the difference is more than acknowledgeable. Now the resolution of the picture is pretty much the same and the weight of the devices themselves is quite similar (Rift is bit lighter). The greatest difference is that according to a lot of reviews Vive has superior controller (which allows better immersion). Now, whether or not this is worth $200 remains for you to decide.

As you can see, the price of the VR device alone is just the tip of the iceberg, since your PC rejuvenation is where most of your money will go. Furthermore, in order to make sure that everything else is running smoothly, you will also have to find the right broadband bundle and here you must be very careful. However, only by doing all of this can you truly introduce a true VR experience in your life which is something you cannot easily put a price tag on.

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