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See if your PC is ready for virtual reality with the SteamVR Performance Test

Virtual reality is being pushed by multiple companies with numerous headsets in the works, but just how ready are you to push through into more advanced technology? Valve has published a new tool on Steam that will run some checks and let you know just what to expect from your rig. Prepare to either have your ego well and truly boosted or smashed through the floor with your graphics card being shunned.

The app itself is fairly simple. Valve will detect your current hardware, run through a Portal 2-themed test that will push your components to their limits and see just how ready your PC is. Should you have a bottleneck somewhere, the app itself will alert you as to whether that AMD FX-4100 is in dire need of upgrading should you wish to strap a headset to your skull and immerse yourself in the world of gaming.

Ready to get started? Hit the link below to download the SteamVR Performance Test. Do note that you'll need to have Steam installed.

Via: Eurogamer

22 Comments
  • The cpu requirement is a 4460 I think and a gtx 970 Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Lol that's EXACTLY what I have :P Posted via the Android Central App
  • FX 8350 with 290x seems to work just fine nexus 6p
  • I have a 3570k and a 970.i know that meets the requirements, but I do wonder if it will have a good experience or if it will just be acceptable... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lil I know like 25 to 30 fps Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Please run the tool and let us know. I am very curious as well. Cheers
  • I think my laptop isn't up to snuff. 4700MQ + 750M Probably building a PC with a 6700K and a 970 in the future.
  • Wait for Pascal, dude. That's what I'm doing, rather than upgrading from my 670 right now. Chances are very good that it will be to Maxwell what the 8800 series was to the 7800s. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Tempted to test it on my 11 year old, Windows XP, Dell workstation :D
  • Annnnd... run. Blue screen.
    Weird buzz.
    Shut down. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Was playing COD MW2 on my HP pavillion with 1.8ghz 2 GB ram win xp, but an updated graphix card and a lot of games after that.
  • Well, my PC can't print money, so it's not ready for VR. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lol! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I am interested by the decision to use portal 2 as the test game. Even in the year it was made, portal 2 was a low demand game. Even several year old cards can easily push it well over 60FPS. Check out this benchmark, the 6950 almost hits 90FPS at 2560x1600 and very high. http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph5261/43115.png
    Obviously, VR will be more demanding than this benchmark but most modern games will be much more demanding than portal (perhaps even multiple times more) so this test seems a bit easier than it should be. It would suck to but a $600-800 VR headset on the assumption that your rig is ready only to find that remotely modern games are completely unplayable.
    Please let me know if I am totally off base, the article says portal 2 themed so they may have made this test much more demanding than the portal 2 engine would be on its own.
    And please let me know if I am totally off base. The article says a portal 2 themed test so they may have made the test much more demanding than the portal engine would be on its own.
  • It doesn't use portal 2, the test just looks like portal 2. Obviously it's gonna be themed for a valve game, and this is their most recent game from their best series. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Idk do u think an i7+980tiSC+16gigRAM will fit the bill? Posted via the Android Central App
  • What do you think?
  • You're not sly. Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • I can't wait to test this
  • Heh, my desktop comes in right in the middle of capable.
    Windows 10
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 960
    AMD fx-8350
  • i7 2600K @ 4.6
    R9 290
    Recommends high fidelity.
    Score 6.9
    Not a clean test though ... I have about 30 browsers tabs open and I'm running 6 virtual machines concurrently and one of them is doing Windows updates. So ... Not exactly an ideal test for the best possible score :)
  • I just hope this message shows after passing the test: Ready Player One Posted via the Android Central App