With the price and date announced for the HTC Vive headset, good guy Valve have gone and released a 1.9 GB free tool via Steam to help test your rig’s Virtual Reality capabilities.
“The SteamVR Performance Test measures your system’s rendering power using a 2-minute sequence from Valve’s Aperture Robot Repair VR demo,” the official page states. “After collecting the data it determines whether your system is capable of running VR content at 90fps and whether VR content can tune the visual fidelity up to the recommended level. For machines that are not VR Ready the tool can help determine whether capabilities are bound by Graphics Card, CPU, or both.”
Whilst the Oculus geared tool offers you a straight “yes” or “no” when it comes to your system’s VR capabilities, Valve’s test is a bit more exact. It will tell you whether your system is good to go, if it can run VR games but not optimally, or if you shouldn’t even bother getting your hopes up.
Valve’s tool also offers a diagnosis to what you can upgrade to make your rig better suited to VR, whether it be OS, GPU, or CPU based.
I ran the test of my rig, and passed with flying colours on everything but my GPU. Oh, 660 you’ve done me well but it’s time for you to go to the graphics card farm far, far away.
You can pre-order your HTC Vive on Feb. 29, with the hardware launching in early April. The Oculus Rift will be released this March for $599.
Click here to test your system.