The Enrichment Center reminds you that SteamVR testers below 90fps will be baked, and then there will be cake.
With the news that Valve and HTC’s Vive VR headset will cost $800, you might assume cost is the biggest barrier to virtual reality. The truth is you’ll also need a solid gaming PC, one capable of rendering two high-resolution displays at 90 FPS simultaneously. Thankfully, there’s an easy way to tell if your computer’s up to speed: Downloading the Portal-themed SteamVR Performance Test.
After downloading the Performance Test via the Steam client, it runs a two-minute demo of an Aperture Science robot undergoing repairs. After collecting data on how much of the data ran at 90 FPS or higher, it generates a report of whether your system is ready for SteamVR. If your system fails the test, it summarizes whether your CPU, video card, or both need to be upgraded for SteamVR to work.
Sadly, since PCs running Steam historically are a touch behind the technology curve, most systems will probably fail and be consigned to Android Hell. Oh well. Continue testing.