Oculus Plans to Drop Windows 7/8.1 support with their Rift Core 2.0 update

Oculus Plans to Drop Windows 7/8.1 support with their Rift Core 2.0 update

Oculus Plans to Drop Windows 7/8.1 support with their Rift Core 2.0 update

Oculus has announced that they plan to drop support for Microsoft’s legacy operating systems in the near future, confirming that their Rift Core 2.0 update will require Windows 10 to access all of its features. 

Right now, Oculus states that 95% of their active users are already using Windows 10, which means that this change will affect a minimal number of users, especially when given the fact that Oculus’ Rift PC system requirements have not changed.

Oculus expects more Windows 10 only applications to be released on the Rift in the future, with over 100 apps already requiring Windows 10 to function correctly. A further 60 or so applications need Windows 8.1 or newer.    

Sadly, Oculus has not gone into a lot of detail when it comes to their planned Windows 10 only features, though the company has confirmed that they plan to share more news regarding their Rift Core 2.0 update and their Oculus Medium application sometime tomorrow. 

  

Oculus Plans to Drop Windows 7/8.1 support with their Rift Core 2.0 update

 

Below are Oculus’ full PC system requirements for the Rift VR headset, which now include listings for AMD’s Ryzen series processors. Oculus’ new recommended system requirements for VR no longer include AMD’s FX 8350, replacing it with AMD’s Ryzen 5 1500X. 

Recommended Specifications

Graphics Card: NVIDIA GTX 1060 / AMD Radeon RX 480 or greater
Alternative Graphics Card: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 290 or greater
CPU: Intel i5-4590 / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X or greater
Memory: 8GB RAM
Video Output: Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
USB Ports: 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port
OS: Windows 10 operating system

Minimum Specifications

Graphics Card: NVIDIA GTX 1050Ti / AMD Radeon RX 470 or greater
Alternative Graphics Card: NVIDIA GTX 960 / AMD Radeon R9 290 or greater
CPU: Intel i3-6100 / AMD Ryzen 3 1200, FX4350 or greater
Memory: 8GB RAM
Video Output: Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
USB Ports: 1x USB 3.0 port, plus 2x USB 2.0 ports
OS: Windows 10 operating system

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