Earlier this year, Oculus released the recommended system specs for using the Oculus Rift headset. Those requirements were already quite a bit above what most people are packing in their computers, and now Frontier Developments has revealed what kind of system you'll need to play the drop-dead-gorgeous Elite: Dangerous in VR glory. You better sit down for this one.
For starters, CPUs less powerful than Intel's Core i7-3770K or AMD's FX-4350 need not apply. Those specs are pretty reasonable, but the 16GB of RAM needed to run the VR version might be a pain point for more than a few. Where it gets really interesting is in the graphics card section: you'll need a GeForce GTX 980 or better. It's pretty safe to say most of us don't have one of those today.
That GPU requirement is quite steep, but it's not that surprising. Oculus' minimum requirements already demand a GTX 970 or Radeon R9 290, so it's only logical that a graphically-intensive game like Elite: Dangerous needs more power than that. It may also be that as VR headsets become popular, a portion of gamers will have already upgraded their machines to a next-generation graphics card. A GTX 980-class card might not be quite as daunting a requirement by the time those products roll around.