Thursday, 07 April 2016 10:32

Nvidia launches 'VR Ready' program

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GPU vendor Nvidia aims to make it easier to buy systems that provide a good virtual reality experience.

Delivering a good VR experience is technically demanding. According to Nvidia professional solutions group Sandeep Gupta, it requires low latency (less than 20ms from 'motion to photon'), high resolution (3024 x 1680 pixels (because the display is so close to the eye), and a refresh rate of 90fps per eye.

That works out at 7.5 times the pixel rate of the usual 1920 x 1800 at 30fps.

So the desktop VR Ready spec requires a Quadro M5000 video card (or better - some applications may require dual M6000 cards) plus an HTC Vive or Oculus head mounted display - all used with a suitable PC.

Dell, HP, Lenovo and other vendors offer systems that have been validated by Nvidia, and the company is providing recommended specifications to systems builders, Gupta said.

For notebooks, the minimum requirement is the new Quadro M5500 graphics chip with 8GB of memory. "It does all the normal Quadro work" in addition to VR functions. The reason for a separate Mobile VR Ready specification is that even the M5500 falls slightly short of the full spec, he explained.

The first Mobile VR Ready model to reach the market is the MSI WT72 17.3in mobile workstation.

MSI WT72

Disclosure: The writer attended the GPU Technology Conference as a guest of Nvidia


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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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