Get Ready for the HTC Vive with NVIDIA GPUs

by Brian Burke

HTC today announced the consumer version of its Vive virtual reality headset.

HTC Vive brings “room-scale” VR that enables new ways for gamers and professionals to walk around and interact with their virtual environments.

It will also bring a host of exciting new content that will be available from the Steam platform — such as Tilt Brush (which lets you paint on a virtual canvas), Everest VR (which lets you grapple your way up the world’s tallest peak) and Job Simulator (a fun take on modern work life).

HTC published its recommended specs to power its new headset. It also highlighted several GeForce GTX-powered PCs optimized for Vive from Alienware, MSI and HP.

To get the most out of your experience, you’ll need a PC with a GeForce GTX 970 or higher, a GeForce GTX 980-based notebook or a workstation with a Quadro M5000 or higher.

All these VR-ready GPUs support GameWorks VR and DesignWorks VR technologies, which help reduce latency and improve performance for VR games and apps. In fact, HTC Vive takes advantage of NVIDIA Direct Mode, a GameWorks VR feature that provides plug-and-play compatibility between NVIDIA GPUs and the headset.

If you’re looking for a VR-ready PC, or just need to update your graphics card, head over to and check out a wide range of GeForce GTX VR Ready graphics cards, PCs and notebooks.

Stay tuned for Feb. 29 when HTC Vive goes up for pre-order.

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  • RavnosCC

    Since it utilizes Gameworks VR, does that include SLI support? Or is that still relegated to how the game makers design and implement their games (game specific) ?

  • shijocj

    SLI for VR why? where do u use two hdmi?

  • RavnosCC

    There’s a working hope that it will support one graphics accelerator applied per eye. I’m not sure why that could not be utilized through one HDMI cable with the proper programming.

  • shijocj

    Ah!! I see ur point!! Yes that could be a good thing and Yes then we need SLI for sure… Atleast for the future versions of same or other products!! Yes definitly that will be the way Nvidia will go!! Why shoudl they waster their hard built SLI!

  • ICU

    At nearly 3x the price of my video card, I think I’ll pass on the HTC Vive.

  • Killer_Bee

    850$ for first gen .

  • Dan

    No thnx i’ll pass.

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  • Daniel Passmore

    you dont really have a choice with your video card.

  • ICU

    Don’t have a choice???