• Asus G11CD

  • MSI CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme

  • Other VR-Ready PCs We Tested

Best VR-Ready PCs for the Oculus Rift

  1. Best Value

    CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8020A

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Asus G11CD

The Asus G11CD blew our expectations right out of the water. Not only is it affordable, it also packs a serious punch. You're probably thinking, "bigger tower, more power," right? Actually, that's not always true. You don't have to invest in a behemoth rig to get the driving power you crave. It's not only a powerful PC, it's sized to fit perfectly in a smaller space like an apartment or living room. Gamers, rejoice!

The PC scored well across the board, but hooking up the Oculus Rift was super easy. For those who don't know, setting up a VR headset is no walk in the park. The number of wires might scare some folks off, but fear not! The ports on the back of the Asus were clearly marked with the Oculus Rift symbol, meaning setup only took 20 minutes.

Surprisingly, it was the second most powerful computer. We tried to push the computer to its limit by putting it through a benchmark test, but it handled everything we threw at it. We even tried driving a spaceship through a heated battle in one of our demos. The Asus still came out on top.

Best Value
MSI CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme

If you're on a tight budget, I recommend the MSI CyberPower PC Gamer Xtreme. This inexpensive rig, a full-sized tower, is great for people new to the VR scene. You can still explore VR without dropping a ton of cash. It's also the number one VR-ready PC on Amazon, but we noticed a few problems.

In one test demo, we controlled a pair of disembodied hands. We could produce blocks, turn gravity off, and stack objects. One of our testers attempted to crash the computer by creating over a hundred blocks. When he nixed the gravity, the MSI rig struggled to keep up. The blocks floated skywards, but at a painfully slow pace.

For the Oculus Rift to run properly, your computer needs to at least meet the hardware's minimum specifications. That means your computer parts need to be up to snuff. Though the MSI tower was a step above the minimum specifications, it was still the least powerful computer.

The MSI PC will run a VR game or cinematic just fine, but if you're purposely trying to break the computer, you'll probably succeed.

Other VR-Ready PCs We Tested

Acer Predator G6

The Acer Predator G6 was as powerful as the most expensive rig on our list, but I really disliked the bulky design. The tower's octagonal shape made it difficult to carry across a room or store under a desk. Maybe it just boils down to personal preference, but if you have limited space for a computer, you should take size and portability into consideration.

The tower was so massive, it was more like a transformer than a computer. Whenever I moved the tower from the photography table to the floor, it was so heavy my arms shook. It wasn't the most portable computer I've dealt with, but if you care more about performance, then this rig won't disappoint.

Lenovo IdeaCentre Y900

The Lenovo IdeaCentre Y900 had the sleekest design, but it was also the most expensive rig. It reminded me of a Cylon, one of the evil robots from Battlestar Galactica, which pleased the sci-fi nerd in me. Unlike the Acer Predator G6, I was able to carry this one around with no problems. The tower's rectangular shape was pretty standard as far as towers go.

It was the most powerful computer, but that came as no surprise. The Lenovo rig had the best GPU, which was the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080. Known as one of the most advanced graphic cards on the market, it's intended for intense gaming experiences. Unlike my own computer, which sounds like a rocket ship that's about to take off, the Lenovo rig was super quiet when it ran a VR game. It's on the pricier end, for sure, but you'll get your money's worth.

Meet the testers

Ashley Barry-Biancuzzo

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