With Windows Mixed Reality, you can experience VR worlds, VR games and immersive apps all from Windows 10. The headsets are relatively inexpensive (sometimes they can be found on offer for around $200), but before you buy you should check if your PC is up to the job.
In the Microsoft Store Microsoft have published a Windows 10 app checks the setup of your machine, it reports back if your system is able to run Windows Mixed Reality.
To get started first download the app from the Microsoft Store, then run the app and agree to the terms.
Your PC will check the specifications of your machine and the results should look something like this:
As you can see in the above example, my machine passed the spec but there is a warning that the 960M graphics card is below the recommended specifications. In fact my machine works pretty well with Windows Mixed Reality and only slowing down on some of the more taxing games.
Here is an example from my Surface Pro 4, which is not capable of running WMR:
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.
Ian Dixon is a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional), founder of TheDigitalLifestyle.com tech site and producer of the weekly The Digital Lifestyle Show podcast. Ian has been writing and talking about Windows for over 10 years and has over 20 years in IT as an IT Manager. Ian has thousands of followers on Twitter and Facebook and over 4 million views on his YouTube channel.