2016 is going to be remembered as the year of VR, with several headsets launching this year such as the Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive, the PlayStation VR and a few others. To be able to use these headsets properly, customers will require a very powerful PC and all this interest surrounding Virtual Reality might lead to a boost of the PC market, according to what the AMD CEO said to Venture Beat.
The PC gaming market strength has helped fuel a richer graphics processing unit mix and improved demand for high end AMD graphics cards in the first quarter and AMD CEO Lisa Su expect the momentum to continue this year with the release of the Oculus and HTC Vive headsets.
“The buzz and interest in VR is an exciting trend that is focusing the software industry’s attention, and some of its brightest minds, back on the PC platform. While the initial wave of VR will be focused on gaming, an increasing number of developers see VR as the most significant advancement in how we interact with technology since the introduction of the mouse and graphical user interface. Most importantly, these breakthrough software experiences will only be enabled on high-performance, energy-efficient GPUs.”
Regarding VR, one this is for certain right now: customers will need to spend a lot of money to enjoy the experience as intended. Earlier this month the final pricing of the Oculus Rift headset has finally revealed, with the HTC Vive headset’s pricing emerging a few days later. With a few reports stating that the HTC Vive might cost more than $1500 due to some of its advanced features, those who want to have a perfect VR experience will be spending quite a bit of money. Will it be worth it? No one can say, at the moment.