VR gaming is becoming increasingly more popular, but do you need a special CPU in order to handle it?
Speccing your PC for VR and even regular gaming can be an intimidating process as you're never quite sure if the hardware you choose is the right move. But, at least you can refer to forums, and even note the required minimum specs on the games you want to play as a guide.
But what about VR gaming specifically? Yes, you're probably going to have to have a decent graphics card, an adequate amount of RAM and a few other essential gaming hardware specs as well. But how does your CPU influence VR gaming over regular gaming?
Well, to start off, you can take a look at your VR headset CPU recommendations and at least live up to that standard as a bare minimum. You'll be surprised at just how low spec it actually needs to be. But that doesn't mean that you should only pay attention to the minimum spec.
But, in order to reap the full benefits of VR, you have to understand that, when gaming in VR, your CPU has to process more pixels and hertz than regular PC gaming. With VR gaming, your CPU and GPU are vital to your gaming experience as, if you experience lagging in VR, you will be more susceptible to motion sickness.
Although your VR rig will be able to physically run on a minimum spec CPU, we highly recommend using an 8 core or 10 core CPU.
Take a look at the video below by YouTube channel, Linus Tech Tips, on Do You Need A Special CPU For VR Gaming?