Before you decide to buy a Windows Mixed Reality headset you check if your PC is capable of running the system. Microsoft have an app that you can get via the Windows Store that checks your Pc for compatibility.
Here is my quick guide on how to do it:
- Download the app from the Windows Store
- Run the app
- Click I agree
- The app will run a compatibly checker and then display the results.
This is the results of the check on my Dell XPS 15 which handles Windows Mixed Reality very well:
This is the results from my Surface Pro 4:
Notice that the issue with the Surface Pro 4 isn’t the integrated graphics chip but the lack of RAM (it only has 4GB where 8GB is needed).
If you don’t have the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update you wait to get it via Windows Update but Microsoft are rolling it out over a period of time so you may be waiting a while. If you want to get the update now follow my guide.
Microsoft have two spec ratings, Windows Mixed Reality and Windows Mixed Reality Ultra. With Windows Mixed Reality Ultra you get a 90hz refresh rate rather than 60hz so the experience is smoother, you get wider viewing angle, screen minoring, video recorder and more.
Here are Microsoft’s recommended specs:
PC hardware guidelines
|Windows Mixed Reality||Windows Mixed Reality Ultra|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Fall Creators Update||Windows 10 Fall Creators Update|
|Processor||Intel® Core™ i5 7200U (7th generation mobile), dual core with Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology enabled or better||Intel® Core™ i5 4590 (4th generation desktop), quad core or better
AMD Ryzen 5 1400 3.4Ghz (desktop), quad core or better
|RAM||8GB DDR3 dual channel||8GB DDR3 or better|
|Disk space||10 GB||10 GB|
|Graphics card||Compatible GPUs:
|Graphics driver||Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 2.2||Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 2.2|
|Graphics display port||HDMI 1.4 or DisplayPort 1.2||HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort 1.2|
|Monitor||External or integrated VGA (800×600) monitor||External or integrated VGA (800×600) monitor|
|USB type||USB 3.0 Type-A or Type-C||USB 3.0 Type-A or Type-C|
|Bluetooth type (for controllers)||Bluetooth 4.0||Bluetooth 4.0|
Have a look at my review of the Lenovo Explorer Windows Mixed Reality Headset to see how well my Dell XPS 15.