The worst enemy while gaming on PC is low frames per second (FPS), and with VR, this can be sickening whether with HTC Vive, Oculus Rift or Windows Mixed Reality (WMR). Therefore, what better reason than this do you need to continually offer you old hardware some needed care and ensure it keeps performing at its optimal capability for an additional number of months?
Furthermore, lagging audio, choppy graphics and slow load times consequently result in a terrible experience, and you may not have the necessary capital to replace the old hardware. Thus, below are some tips on how to ensure the performance of your existing hardware does not always let you down.
Update Your PC’s Operating System
Usually, using an outdated operating system, for instance, Windows results in reduced performance of your PC, because applications which are designed for the specific build will not perform at their optimum condition. Additionally, an operating system that has not been updated hence does not receive the latest security measures easily gets infected with malware, thus reducing the PC’s performance.
To update your OS, all you need to do is click the Search Windows field present in your taskbar, type in update, click check updates and lastly click the Check for Updates button found on the Settings window. Subsequently, if any updates are available for Windows 10, they will immediately start to download automatically.
Moreover, because graphics card usually is designed for the newest build of Windows, updating one will require you to update all the others.
Be Critical of Frame Rate
For an excellent VR experience, the frames per second (FPS) need to be maintained at 90fps, and typically, the system automatically locks the frame rate to 90fps. However, if you fail to sustain this frame rate, it consequently drops to 45 fps, and sometimes to 22.5 fps. Usually, at frame rates, less than 90 fps results in an overall subpar VR experience and some doubling of images. Thus this proves the significance of checking your frame rate and then adjusting the settings if necessary to achieve 90 fps.To check your frame rate, first, ensure you currently are running the version 8.00.019 and then turn on the NavGuides device typically within RealFlight then read the “Graphics Frames/Sec” display.
Thoroughly Clean Out Your Case
Although the thought of removing your PC’s cover in most cases is terrifying, it is crucial to do so and clean out the PC since hair and dust accumulate in the corners of your PC, hence, it gets blown inside when the fan is running.Therefore, it is essential to clean your PC case to remove the unwanted hair and dust which then result in intensified temperatures in every hardware. Consequently, this slows things down because your PC typically does not function better when hot.So, to remove these accumulated dust and hair particles from your PC’s case, use a can of compressed air, with this being the ideal technique of getting rid of both hair and dust particles. Nevertheless, do not be too aggressive with the air because you do not want to knock something loose, and an improved way of removing caked-on dust is using a cotton swab.