Microsoft has entered the virtual reality market with the launch of Windows Mixed Reality. Now, the software giant won’t be creating hardware itself, but instead, aims to work with PC hardware partners to do the job.
The company will instead focus its efforts on making sure the Windows Mixed Reality software does what it should. So far, the entire thing looks great in action, and the headset themselves are also looking fine.
What Microsoft has shown over the past few months should be enough to sell anyone on Windows Mixed Reality, but the real question is this, can your PC power the headsets?
Windows Mixed Reality split in two
Here’s the thing, the giant from Redmond wants everyone to enjoy it’s latest initiative, and to allow this to happen, it must make sure almost all Windows 10 users are capable of experiencing it one way or the other.
That’s why they’ve split the platform into two parts, and you know what? It’s a great idea.
As it stands right now, we have “Windows Mixed Reality” in one corner, and “Windows Mixed Reality Ultra” in the other. The latter is designed for computer users with powerful PCs that can deliver the best experience possible. The former is all about a baseline experience that anyone with a modern computer can enjoy.
The ultra version offers up to 90 frames per second refresh rate, more apps to play with, a unique window on the desktop that shows the user what they see in mixed reality, and the ability to record and share videos along with photos.
Minimum hardware requirement
If you’re interested in the Windows Mixed Reality experience, Microsoft recommends having an Intel Core i5-7200U or better processor inside your computer. When it comes down to the graphics, you’ll at least need to have Intel HD Graphics 620, and HDMI 1.4 or DisplayPort 1.2
Want the ultra experience instead? The prepare to have at least an AMD Ryzen 4 1400, or Intel Core i5-4590 processors inside your system. As for graphics, make sure you have at least an AMD RX 460, 560, or Nvidia GTX 960, 965M, or 1050.
Chances are, if you’re a PC gamer, then taking advantage of the ultra platform should be the goal.
How to check if your computer is up to the task
Not everyone knows how to cycle through Windows to check the specifications of their home computer to see if it supports Windows Mixed Reality. That’s fine because Microsoft has an app for that, and it’s called Windows Mixed Reality PC Check.
Just download the app from the Windows Store, and move along from there.
Bear in mind, for Windows Mixed Reality devices to work on your system, even if you meet the minimum demands, the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update must be installed.