System Requirements

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High Fidelity is an open-source virtual reality platform that gives everyone the power to create, explore, and share virtual worlds. High Fidelity virtual worlds can be explored using the the High Fidelity client, Interface. This document covers system requirements and installation instructions for Interface.

High Fidelity pre-built downloads are available for Windows and Mac OS, at http://www.highfidelity.com/download. Linux users can follow build instructions at https://github.com/highfidelity/hifi.

High Fidelity virtual worlds are designed to be immersive and while many things can be accomplished with a keyboard/mouse and traditional monitor, to get the best experience we recommend adding hardware typically used to enjoy VR experiences (head mounted display, hand controller, audio headset) to your setup. The sections below cover system requirements and provide information on additional hardware supported. If you choose to add additional hardware, be sure your system also meets the minimum requirements specified for that hardware.

System Requirements

WINDOWS

  • NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 equiv. or greater
  • Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
  • 8GB+ RAM
  • Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer

OS X

  • NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 equiv. or greater
  • Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
  • 8GB+ RAM
  • Mountain Lion (10.8) or newer

LINUX

  • Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
  • 8GB+ RAM

Additional Hardware

As mentioned above, for the best experience in VR, we recommend adding a head mounted display, a hand controller, and an audio headset to your setup.

Head Mounted Displays

To experience High Fidelity worlds as virtual reality, you'll need to add a virtual reality head mounted display (HMD) to your setup. High Fidelity supports the following HMDs:

  • Oculus Rift (CV1 and DK2, runtime version 1.3)
  • HTC Vive

Information on changing your display settings to use your HMD can be found here.

Hand Controllers

Main article: hand controllers

Hand controllers provide the closest approximation to the naturalistic experience of real world interactions. A user should anticipate that the designers of the virtual worlds they explore will assume visitors will arrive with hand controllers, although some navigation and limited interaction may be possible with a keyboard/mouse. High Fidelity supports the following hand controllers either natively or using plugins:

  • HTC Vive
  • Oculus Touch
  • XBOX One Controller
  • Razer Hydra
  • Leap Motion Orion

Information on configuring your controllers can be found here.

Audio Headsets

Main article: Audio

High Fidelity delivers all audio over UDP in an uncompressed 16-bit, 24Khz format, and spatializes audio in real-time based on the location of the listener and the sound sources. A good pair of headphones can greatly enhance that experience, and--less obvious but just as important--simultaneously provide a good microphone to ensure that your voice is heard clearly in the spaces you visit.

Gaming headphones with a boom microphone are ideally-suited to High Fidelity. Examples include the Sennheiser PC 350 SE and Plantronics GameCom 780.

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