CyberPowerPC has introduced a new entry-level virtual reality-ready pre-built PC with AMDâs Radeon RX 470 on board for $499 at Best Buy and Amazon. Thatâs a new low for an off-the-shelf VR-capable configuration, and itâs also available as a bundle with Oculus Rift for $1,099.98 â or exactly what youâd pay if you purchased the two separately.
Even if thereâs no price break for the combo, this getsÂ us closer to a ready-to-roll VR rig and top-tier VR headset thatÂ will cost you under $1K, all-in. The processor in the machine is an AMD FX 4350 quad-core, and the Radeon RX 470 has 4GB of dedicated GDDR5 RAM for pushing the pixels in those VR experiences. Thereâs also 8GB of RAM for the system, and a 1 TB spinning platter hard drive to store your stuff, which should be ample room for a variety of titles.
Iâve been a using a CyberPowerPC with slightly higher specs to run both Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and itâs had no problem with any titles Iâve thrown at it thus far, so itâs likely this will feed the VR gaming needs of most users new to the medium. Youâre still able to get into VR more affordably with PS4, which will cost $349 for the console, plus $399 for the headset, but Oculus and a PC will provide a better quality experience in terms of graphics quality for demanding users.
If youâre looking for a VR setup, the new bundle is now on sale atÂ Best Buy. IMO you still need the Touch controllers from Oculus to make this a really great setup, but thatâs going to cost you an additional $199. Still, weâre slowly getting to the point where you might be able to term a VR setup âaffordableâ â at least in the narrow sense of an upper-middle class customer. Baby steps.