Test your PC for VR-readiness with Valve’s Portal Demo

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Valve releases Portal themed VR-readiness test

Virtual Reality is not going to be cheap this year. The Oculus Rift is going for a staggering $599, while HTC revealed their price for the Vive yesterday – sitting at $799. Those are prices above the requirements needed to run these headsets properly, which also means you’ll be looking at potential upgrade costs on top of the purchase itself. But just what do you need to upgrade? Valve’s new free VR-readiness tool seeks to answer that question.

Available now for free on Steam, this new Portal-themed app captures around two minutes of gameplay from the actual Aperture Robot Repair VR demo, and stresses your PC to see if it is able to handle it all above 90FPS. This is the ideal framerate for VR, which is then duplicated across two 1080p screens for both eyes. In short, it’s a lot more taxing than a single 1080p title at 60FPS, which is why VR needs such a physical power overhead.

The test does deliver a lot of information on completion, including how many frames were dropped, what the cause of their dropping was and how you can improve you PC. I took my personal desktop for a spin (equipped with a still awesome Sandy Bridge Core i7 and GTX 970) and was pleasantly surprised to see I not only make the cut, but am ready to run current VR titles at High settings.

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Steam VR Test

These settings will change over time of course, but it’s a neat tool to have at your disposal. If your PC isn’t up to scratch the benchmark will identify which part of your PC is bottlenecking performance, which you’ll need to upgrade or replace in your PC to reach that 90FPS sweet spot.

Then the only real challenge is trying to find the money for either the Oculus Rift or Vive – which seems like a much more difficult task.

Last Updated: February 23, 2016

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff’s a bastard.

  • At $599 and $799, I won’t even bother xD

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    It’s also a 4gb download. I was vaguely curious, then I saw that.

  • Captain JJ the “saviour”

    I have tested.

    Turns out I’m poor.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      I prefer “2D-rich”.

      • Captain JJ the “saviour”

        Funny story. When I got to my desk on Monday there was R220 lying on it.
        I have no idea where it came from.
        So I know what it feels like to suddenly be rich.

    • Pariah

      Behold mine wallet, and thou shalt notice that it is barren.

    • Hammersteyn

      You needed to be tested to find that out? 😛

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        He could be rich if he cut out his brow-supplements and brow-conditioner every month

        • Captain JJ the “saviour”

          Yes, but honestly, is it worth it?

          • Hammersteyn

            Well……. If you wear the VR goggles no one can see your brows

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            Hmm. It looks like we’ve reached an impasse

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            His brows find a way to peek out

  • Jan Prins

    R9180.00 for a VR headset… Or R12240… Can I not just stick my forehead to my monitor like real close?

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Yeah for a straight dollar conversion, everyone’s forgetting about the import charges, taxes, all the other fees. Budget another 50%.

      • Jan Prins

        So in other words: Hell to the No!

      • Captain JJ the “saviour”

        The way it’s looking now guys can import women from Russia for cheaper and still get the sexperience they’re wanting from VR.

        • Now that’s thinking “outside” the box xD

        • Jan Prins

          I’ll just go with the VR then. NEver know when you “import’ Liam Neeson’s daughter…

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            O_O

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            But technically you’d be his son-in-law, so wouldn’t you be safe?

          • Jan Prins

            “I will find you, and I will congratulate you.”

      • Jan Prins

        But here’s the thing. I wonder how many will succumb to geeky version lust and just hand over that amount of cash?

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Sure as hell not me. That’s a years worth of beer and hookers.

          • Jan Prins

            My beer bill a year is about R225. I once tried to pick up a hooker and she was like “Honey there ain’t enough money in this world…”

  • Pieter Kruger

    Ouch! Wonder how many of the “Mater Race PC gamers” will pass this test…….????????????

    • It’s a dog eat dog world out there in the master race

      • Jan Prins

        No. He said Mater Race.

        • Hammersteyn

          Right, because dogs mate

          • Jan Prins

            But in Afrikaans “paar” hulle

        • Captain JJ the “saviour”

          Just to make sure he’s safe and this doesn’t get taken up the wrong way and turns into a console/pc fight…I’ve gone ahead and made it clear for all to see. 😛

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      Elo Mate

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Considering that only 4.13% of gamers have the 970 according to Steam, which is the minimum, and even less people will have anything above that or the AMD equivalent – not that many.

      • Captain JJ the “saviour”

        Yes, well, being Maters they’re probably pirates anyway.

        • Pieter Kruger

          Fixed it!????

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            Well, that’s why I kept the proof below 😀 Just in case. 😛

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Typical Xbox, 180 spelling corrections. 😉

          • Hammersteyn

            hue hue hue

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            xD

          • Pieter Kruger

            LOL, at least correcting our mistakes….????

      • Hammersteyn

        Also only about 4.13% can probably afford it

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          What’ll be interesting is how many say “OMG this is the bestest thing ever” because they need to justify their expensive purchase.

          • Hammersteyn

            Hahahaha just like Iphones

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            Like buying Assassin’s Creed Unity.

    • CypherGate

      My PC cant even display the title screen for Far Cry 3 LMAO

  • Hammersteyn

    PC gamers be like…

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      Console gamers be like “lets mock pc gamers bickering about hardware that is 15 times more powerful than that which we have”

      • Jan Prins

        Annndddd how’s Mortal Kombat, Arkham Knight et al doing on PC these days????
        😛

        • Commander Admiral Chief

          1.) Don’t care
          2.) Don’t care

          Pick one

          • Jan Prins

            OK. I’ll admit. That was Troll level Fail from my side…

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          How’s The Sims 4 doing on console?

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

            GG

            WP

          • Jan Prins

            Not enough HDD space for all the add-ons, mate. 😛

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            Of all the pc games you could’ve chosen, you pick a DLC riddled EA game.
            That alone makes me want to buy a console.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            lol. Only picked it because I know he likes it, if I didn’t I don’t know what I would’ve done.

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            Oh, okay. Fair enough. 😀

          • Hammersteyn

            It’s not a tumor it’s DLC

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            EA is the tumor.

        • Captain JJ the “saviour”

          Thheeeeeyyyyy’rrrreeeee
          ddddooinnnggggg
          okkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk…..
          https://bd23.https.cdn.softlayer.net/80BD23/142.4.51.106/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/program_has_stopped_working_error.png

          • Well that caught me out xD

      • Hammersteyn

        If you feel mocked then it means you’re buying into this gimmick?

        • Commander Admiral Chief

          What? VR? Bwahahaha, surely you know me better D

          • Hammersteyn

            XD

    • Captain JJ the “saviour”

      I promised myself to be nice to both sides. So I won’t be sucked in by your mocking. 😛

      • Hammersteyn

        Well according to Trevors stats it’s true

        • Captain JJ the “saviour”

          I can’t see what you posted above tbh. It’s blocked.

          • Hammersteyn

            It’s the clip from a Knights Tale. Where they stand around the bad guy and tell him he’s been measured, weighed and found wanting

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            I liked that movie.

            What was that lady’s name? Dayum she was hawt

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            Shannyn Sosshshshosososoosoman

          • Hammersteyn

            LOL something like that

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Sodamnhotaman?

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            Hehe

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            I just read her one kid’s name is Audio Science.

            So yeah, she just dropped a hundred or so on my hawt list

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            over 9000

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Audio Science????

            WHY WORLD WHYYYY???!?!?!?!?!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Because it sounds smart.

  • Dresden

    Heh, you have a “Sandy” Bridge Core i7…

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      Hahaha, well spotted!

  • HairyEwok

    Guess I’ll be stuck with real life reality for now since it’s the only thing I can afford

  • Can’t wait for my Vive to arrive.

  • geel slang

    Is your 2600k or 970 overclocked? I have the same setup but getting a lower score(6.9 first run & 6.5 second run),

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