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Oculus Rift E3 press event happening June 11

Oculus VR has confirmed it will hold an Oculus Rift E3 2015 press event on June 11, before any of the E3 events begin.

We’ll learn more about the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset during a special press event taking place on June 11 in San Francisco.

This will occur several days before E3 2015 kicks off properly in Los Angeles with the first press event on Sunday, June 14.

The invites for this special Oculus event have started to trickle out, showing the Oculus Rift headset with the caption “Step into the Rift” (as reported by IGN).

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Earlier this month, Oculus revealed the minimum recommended PC specs for running the Oculus Rift, which revealed the virtual reality headset is definitely still aimed at the niche techies.

“The goal is for all Rift games and applications to deliver a great experience on this configuration… Ultimately, we believe this will be fundamental to VR’s success, as developers can optimise and tune their game for a known specification, consistently achieving presence and simplifying development”, explained Oculus in a blog post at the time.

For the full Rift experience, the specs requirements are as follows:

  • NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or better
  • Intel i5-4590 equivalent or better
  • 8GB+ RAM
  • HDMI 1.3 video output
  • 2x USB 3.0 ports
  • Windows 7 SP1 or newer

There’s a good reason the Oculus Rift needs all that power. A normal game running at 60Hz 1080p needs 124 millions shaded pixels per second. The Oculus Rift runs at 2160 x 1200 (across both eyes) and at 90Hz to reduce that queasy feeling you’d experience on the older prototypes. All those pixels at such a high refresh rate hike up the power demands – around 400 million shaded pixels per second or three times the requirements of a traditional Full HD monitor.