The ultimate Oculus Rift setup: Oculus Ready PCs and VR accessories

It's time to start planning your home VR domain
The ultimate Oculus Rift setup

It's been a long time coming but gamers around the world are finally getting ready to welcome an Oculus Rift VR headset to their living rooms.

Now, the panic sets in - can your PC cope? Do you need expensive headphones? What controls will you be wielding until Oculus Touch arrives?

Read this: Incredible upcoming Oculus Rift games for 2016

You actually get a LOT in the Oculus Rift bundle, making features like this more difficult to write. That includes: the Rift headset with bundled headphones, a wireless Xbox One controller, Oculus Remote, Oculus Camera and the HDMI and USB cables you need.

Here's a very early look at all the other Oculus Rift gear, some of it money no object, you might need to create your perfect setup. We'll update this list as and when new Oculus Rift accessories and Oculus Ready PCs get announced - for starters, Palmer Luckey hinted last month that we should expect more first party Oculus kit later in 2016.

Alienware X51 /another Oculus Ready PC

A range of Oculus Ready PCs from Dell, Asus and Alienware has just been detailed and go up for pre-order on 16 February. These include bundles ranging from a $949 Asus G11CD to a $2549 Alienware Area 51 beast and each bundle includes an Oculus Rift headset.

If you're buying a new PC, instead of relying on your existing setup or building your own gaming rig, you'll need one with a minimum of 8GB of RAM, an Intel i5 processor and an Nvidia GTX 970 or AMD 290 graphics card.

So for instance, Alienware's X51 line is getting two new "VR Capable" models based on Intel i5 processors. The first with an Nvidia GTX 970 GPU is $999 for the bundle (usually $1199) and the second, with the GTX 980 and 16GB of RAM is $1499.

Dell's single offering under its own brand is a $999 XPS 8900 SE with an Intel i5-6400 processor, GTX 970 and 8GB of RAM. You can view all the specs for each Oculus Ready PC option on Oculus' blog post.

The Oculus post also says that more machines will be coming soon and this first batch will ship "in limited quantities to select countries" in April.

from $949 - $2549,

Sennheiser HD 800

Now, Palmer Luckey has made a big fuss about the audio quality of the headphones which are attached to the Oculus Rift. There's also some concerned chatter on Oculus forums that the 3D spatial sound which some game devs will choose to implement will be optimised to the exact specs and distance between the speaker driver and ears of the lightweight bundled cans.

Still, they can be removed and swapped out for your gaming headset or a pair of quality headphones as they are optional only. We're not sure yet whether the consumer Rift will have a headphone jack or if your own 'phones will connect direct to your PC but we'll update this entry when we review the VR headset.

If you want to go all out, consider the ridiculous Sennheiser HD 800 headphones which actually direct the sound into your ear at an angle to mimic speakers. Otherwise, there's always your own Hi-Fi headphones if you don't get on with the bundled ones.

$1,298, | Amazon

Leap Motion + VR Developer Mount

At some point, this feature will simply read 'buy a pair of Oculus Touch controllers obvs' but until Oculus' own handheld controllers arrive later in 2016 you can make do with the Xbox One controller or try Leap Motion.

The gesture control sensor clips to the front of your Rift with the plastic VR Developer Mount and can track what your hands are doing with its 135 degree field of view. In terms of what you can actually do with it, Leap Motion points to a bunch of demos and open source examples. Great value and you can experiment with its futuristic PC controls too.

$89.99, | Amazon

Virtuix Omni

Now we're getting into seriously investedgamer accessories, starting with the Virtuix Omni motion platform. This is aimed at anyone who wants to turn their spare room into a VR arcade. It lets you walk, run, jump, strafe, go backwards and sit down in VR environments, all while strapped in to the gaming accessory.

Included in the main bundle is the Omni platform itself, Omni Shoes, Omni Tracking Pods, an Omni Harness and some demo games. But you can also use Virtuix's platform with both new VR games and VR ready legacy games due to the fact that it translates your movements into analog gamepad input.



Teslasuit's Kickstarter campaign just got cancelled but the team has promised that it will return with a more affordable version of its Pioneer Development Kit smart suit later in the year. The original shipping date was set for October 2016.

The original price was £1,119 for the full suit with cheaper standalone jackets and trousers so we can see why not everyone was able to pay for it. The waterproof and washable neoprene and conductive thread Teslasuit has an electro-haptic feedback system with a mesh of 16 sensors around the garment. Early demos include VR Digital Paintball. Yes.


SubPac M2

If you don't have the patience to wait for a cheaper Teslasuit, there is an alternative you can get you hands on right now and it's called the SubPac M2.

You won't get the full body immersive audio experience but the wearable backpack uses haptic feedback technology letting the user feel explosions and in-game audio. It's like having a subwoofer on your back.

There's Bluetooth support so you can stream music to it as well and the battery will get you 6+ hours of immersive audio.


1 Comment

  • AnonymousNerd says:

    Don't get an alienware, get a nerd to help you make your own super computer. It'll be cheaper, even if you have to pay the nerd.

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