🙅 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 serious power, so graphics cards from pre-2016 may need different settings than those listed here.
To run most games comfortably inside Bigscreen, we recommend:
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.
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:
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.