VR is definitely the buzzword of the year, what with headsets being released, NVIDIA paying a great deal of attention to it with their Pascal launch, and several games taking advantage of the new monitor tech to make their worlds even more immersive. Running games in VR is quite taxing, of course, and it’s important to know where your machine falls in the spectrum of hardware that is VR-compatible. You can use stuff like Valve’s SteamVR Performance test to see how things run, but other consumers who aren’t technically inclined might want an indicator that’s more visual.
To this end, ASUS has embarked on a marketing campaign called “Beyond VR Ready”, where the company certifies hardware for use with virtual headsets for the best consumer experience. Hit the jump to see how they’re tackling this issue.
“The testing and configuration program involved ASUS and partner engineers cooperating on the optimization of firmware and drivers for superior VR compatibility and performance,” says ASUS. “The creation of the ASUS Beyond VR Ready logo indicates products tested to deliver a reliable and immersive VR experience.”
The Beyond VR Ready badge will be applied to ASUS products already tested for compatibility with the Oculus Rift and will include other VR headsets like the HTC Vive once they become more widely available. ASUS doesn’t mention the testing methodology for identifying whether a certain platform is VR capable or not, but the process should be as easy as setting up the hardware, plugging in a Rift or a Vive, and seeing if anything fails in an hour or more during testing with the SteamVR performance test.
This initiative is meant to start today, and all capable products will have the Beyond VR Ready badge in a visible location on the product packaging.
Vising ASUS’ dedicated web page for the initiative paints an interesting picture. The only motherboards certified for VR are Intel-based, and either based on the LGA 1151 socket or LGA 2011-3. Nothing from AMD is shown or listed as certified, possibly because ASUS doesn’t believe that AMD’s platform is worthy of the label yet. On the graphics side of things, only six Radeon GPUs appear, namely the R9 Fury X, Strix R9 Fury, the R9 Nano, the R9 Nano white, and the Radeon R9 390 and 390X. Six cards compared to eleven from NVIDIA isn’t a bad start, and all meet the minimum performance requirements specified by Oculus.
In the near future, ASUS will be able to sell you an Oculus Rift with your purchase of an ASIS G11CD gaming desktop or a ROG G20CB tower, and both systems will have full compatibility with your Rift.