Few computers powerful enough to support virtual reality
Virtual reality has a very real problem. With several technology giants preparing splashy introductions for the first VR headsets in 2016, few people own hardware capable of fully supporting Facebook’s Oculus Rift or other systems.
Just 13 million PCs worldwide next year will have the graphics capabilities needed to run VR, according to an estimate by Nvidia, the largest maker of computer graphics chips. Those ultra-highend machines account for less than 1% of the 1.43 billion PCs expected to be in use globally in 2016, according to research firm Gartner.
VR headsets, which create immersive 3D environments the wearer can interact with and explore, are poised to be a star of CES 2016. The massive consumer electronics trade show, which kicks off in Las Vegas on January 6, will have more than 40 exhibitors demonstrating VR products, a 77% increase from 2015. Taiwanese gadget maker HTC is expected to show off a new version of its Vive headset at CES before releasing ..