Before you drop $799 on the HTC Vive virtual reality headset next Monday, when pre-orders open at 10am ET, you can now check if spending all that cash is worthwhile. To match with the revealing of the consumer version of the Vive headset, HTC’s partner Valve have released the Steam VR Performance Test.

Experiencing a non-interactive GLaDOS robot testing office, the two minute diagnostic determines if your PC can run virtual reality content at 90 fps and at suggested settings; however, the test has a few limitations. It is unable to assess added CPU loads by positional tracking and processing-intense VR applications.

The recommended prerequisites for the Steam VR test are marginally not as much as those for the Oculus Rift’s. The difference being just 4GB RAM rather than 8GB. The SteamVR Performance Test is a 2GB download with recommended prerequisites of:

  • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel® i5-4590/AMD FX 8350 equivalent or greater
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 970/AMD Radeon™ R9 290 equivalent or greater
  • 4.8GB hard drive space

The HTC Vive is expected to deliver early April. Pre-orders for the Oculus Rift have been open since early January, and are currently expected to ship in July.


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