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Crypto And Bitcoin Miners Are Driving Up VR Entry Prices

Crypto And Bitcoin Miners Are Driving Up VR Entry Prices
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Cryptocurrency and Bitcoin were some the biggest sensations in 2017. We saw normal people become millionaires overnight due to the crazy growth and demand of crytocurrency. And with the explosion of cryptocurrency came the overhaul of crypto-miners that started to buy out all the GPUs on the market. Due to the demand for GPUs, the entry cost into PC based VR systems is now a lot higher.

When Nvidia first announced the GTX 1070 and 1080, they were priced around $379 – $600. Some thought this was pretty expensive for a graphics card. Now, if you check any eCommerce or marketplace like Amazon, you’ll notice how expensive these graphics cards are now.

Current GTX 1070 & GTX 1080 prices:


GTX 1070

EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC GAMING ACX 3.0 ($919.94)

MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 SLI DirectX 12 VR Ready Graphics Card ($799.99)

 


GTX 1080

MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5X SLI DirectX 12 VR Ready Graphics Card ($929.99)

MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5X SLI DirectX 12 VR Ready Graphics Card (899.99)

ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 8GB ROG STRIX Graphics Card ($949.99)


While current minimum specs for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive allow you to use GPUs such as a GTX 1060, demanding games like Fallout 4 VR state that you need at least a GTX 1070. But even then, a GTX 1060 costs almost $400.

Minimum specs for Fallout 4 VR

  • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)
  • Processor: CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 or AMD FX 8350 or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 / AMD RX Vega 56 or better
  • Storage: 30 GB available space

Recommended Specs To Run Fallout 4 VR:

  • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)
  • Processor: CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 / AMD RX Vega 64
  • Storage: 30 GB available space

Minimum Specs For LA Noire: The VR Case Files:

OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 10 64 Bit

Processor: Intel Core i7-4790K @ 3.60 GHz

Memory: 8 GB

Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB

Sound Card: 100% DirectX 11 compatible

HDD: 18 GB

Recommended Specs For LA Noire: The VR Case Files

OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 10 64 Bit

Processor: Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00 GHz

Memory: 16 GB Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8 GB

Sound Card: 100% DirectX 11 compatible

HDD: 18 GB

Every GPU on the market has taken a price increase and it seems like that entry barrier into VR has risen instead of the plan to go down in cost.

 

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