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Tips & tricks for using Bigscreen

Minimum hardware specifications for VR

🙅 Heads up! If you already own a VR headset like the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive you probably know you need a PC with a powerful graphics card to experience VR effectively.

To run games within Bigscreen will take even more graphics muscle than normal, so graphics cards from before 2015 may need different settings than those listed here.

Hardware

To run most games comfortably inside Bigscreen, we recommend:

  • NVIDIA GTX 1060 / AMD RX 570 or up
  • 8-16 GB of RAM
  • Intel Core i5/i7 processor / AMD Ryzen or up (Specifically, Intel Broadwell, Skylake and Kaby Lake generation - processors are a good bet).

You can definitely use lower-powered hardware, like the GTX 1050, but we can’t guarantee the experience will be optimal. You’ll spend a lot more time tweaking the settings to make sure the game runs comfortably, and you may experience unexpected poor performance.

Laptops

Many laptops are now able to run VR games smoothly, thanks to desktop-class GPUs arriving in smaller form factors.

We’ve previously published what laptops we use to build Bigscreen, but here’s what to look for if you’re planning to try and use a laptop for VR:

  • The VR Ready label
  • Quad-core processor
  • 8-16 GB of RAM
  • Nvidia 1060 or up
  • Dedicated HDMI port (or Thunderbolt 3 port)
  • Enough USB ports for your headset to connect sensors and any other devices

Software

We also highly recommend using Windows 10 with Bigscreen. Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 work great too, but Windows 10 provides big improvements to the underlying software for games and general performance so can help massively in achieving a great experience.

Be sure to get the latest drivers for your GPU as well. Both Nvidia and AMD regularly release drivers that improve performance, particularly for major game releases, and not being up-to-date can have a big impact.

If you’re on a Mac, no dice, sorry. Apple’s support for VR is limited and the company uses dated graphics cards that aren’t suited for experiencing VR right now. Watch this space, as Apple is reported to be working on improvements in future hardware.

Need more help?

If you’re still stuck, or the advice above doesn't help, we’d love to talk. Jump into our Discord, join our Reddit or create a thread on Steam and we’ll help you on your way. You can also email us at support@bigscreenvr.com