Get ready to upgrade your PC if you want to enjoy virtual reality, with Nvidia having decided that you'll need at least a GTX 970 GPU.

Nvidia announced the GeForce GTX VR Ready program at CES today, designed to allow consumers to "instantly identify VR capable PCs, notebooks and add-in cards through a GeForce GTX VR Ready badge".

Notebook users will need a GTX 980.

Accompanying the Nvidia GPUs you'll need the following minimum specs to experience VR:

  • a PC with USB 3.0 support
  • CPU: Intel Core i5- 4590 equivalent or greater CPU
  • 8GB+ RAM of Memory/RAM
  • 2x USB 3.0 ports and HDMI 1.3
  • Windows 7 SP1 or newer

These specs aim to deliver VR experiences via two simultaneous images at framerates above 90 fps.

"For customers, navigating an emerging technology like VR can be daunting," said Jason Paul, general manager of emerging technologies at Nvidia. "We're working with trusted partners worldwide to simplify the buying process with a GeForce GTX VR Ready badge that will let customers quickly identify PCs or add-in cards that are capable of handling the demands of VR."

Source: Nvidia