There is a reason VR is considered cutting edge, it is quite ambitiously pushing the limits of our current-gen hardware. Because of this, you should expect every virtual reality gear to have hefty system requirements. So before you decide to get into VR, make sure your computer can handle it.
Have a clear starting ground, make sure you are using at least a Core i5 processor with 3 gigahertz of clock-speed. This is essential as the display headset demands heavy processing power. As for graphics, make sure you are packing 2 gigabytes of video ram. Oculus has quoted the NVidia GTX 750 or the AMD R9 280, which is a good choice to consider their price-to-performance ratio.
This is going to be a big concern for most consumers. Ever since they first announced the starting price, there has been controversy. But there is no use discussing it. VR is a niche product, and because of that, it comes at a big cost.
Oculus has announced their headset with a price tag of $600 while HTC has theirs at $800. Couple that with the money you’re probably going to spend upgrading your PC, and virtual reality is quite an expensive proposition. So before jumping knee-deep into it, make sure you have the money to churn out.
On the bright side though, many are expecting prices for VR headsets to go down after their respective launch. If you wait a while, you might get lucky.
Vive has been integrated with room-scaling to allow users to walk around in its virtual environment that needs a space of at least 15 by 15 feet of the square room. So it is important to have a place in your house where you can setup the Vive.
However, to be on a safer side, you should give some extra room for wires, tracking equipment and placing your computer. Room-scaling is also planned to be shipped with future versions of Rift and other VR headsets. Game developers will expect its consumers to have enough space to walk around and they will design their products around that notion. So from your side, make sure you are preparing for that with a space large enough at your home.
Of course you will need the software to go with your hardware, and the best option are video games that support VR. So get your hands on the library of such games.
At this point, the options are quite limited. But they will surely expand. Vive comes with a good selection of launch titles like simulators and sports games. Rift has a roster of combat simulators and third person adventure games. Don’t be too discouraged by the small collection of games on offer, as many developers have already pledged to support VR for past titles.