- Windows Mixed Reality PC Check: software to find out if your PC is powerful enough for WMR headsets
- Windows Mixed Reality: Make sure your PC is ready before the first WMR headsets are released
Next month, the first Windows Mixed Reality headsets will hit the market. If you are planning to buy one of these headsets, it is best to make sure your PC is powerful enough beforehand. Even if the technical characteristics required to run these new headsets will be significantly lower than those required for the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive, a good PC remains essential to take full advantage of the experience offered and exploit the true potential of these devices.
Windows Mixed Reality PC Check: software to find out if your PC is powerful enough for WMR headsets
Luckily, Microsoft has just launched a tool to check the compatibility of your PC with Windows Mixed Reality headsets. Called Windows Mixed Reality PC Check, this software is available now on the Windows Store. Just like the Oculus app to check if your PC can run the Rift, this software quickly scans your computer and tells you if the machine is powerful enough for WMR headsets. Any deficiencies in your machine are clearly indicated so that you can easily remedy them. Whether it's the graphics card, RAM, processor, or USB ports, the components to change in your configuration will be suggested.
note that Microsoft already indicates on its official website the minimum specifications required to operate Windows Mixed Reality headsets. PCs must run on the Windows 10 operating system with the Fall Creators Update, and have at least a dual-core Intel Core i5 7200U processor coupled with 8GB of DDR3 RAM. The graphics card must be at least an integrated Intel HD Graphics 620. Finally, an HDMI 1.4 port is essential.
For Windows Mixed Reality Ultra PC, the technical specifications required are a little higher. An Intel Core i5 4590 / AMD Ryzen 5 1400 quad core processor is required, always with at least 8GB of RAM. Likewise an NVidia GTX 960, 965M or 1050 graphics card is the bare minimum. An HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort 1.2 port and a USB 3.0 Type-A or Type-C port are also required. Bluetooth 4.0 is also mandatory.
Windows Mixed Reality: Make sure your PC is ready before the first WMR headsets are released
For now, the application Windows Mixed Reality PC Check will necessarily tell you that your PC is not compatible, because Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is required. We will therefore have to wait until October 17, the date of the release of the update and the first WMR headsets, to be able to use this application wisely. Microsoft plans to release Windows Mixed Reality and Windows Mixed Reality Ultra compatible PCs. Windows Mixed Reality Ready PCs will allow headsets to be used with a 60 FPS display, while Windows Mixed Reality Ultra PCs will allow a 90 FPS display. In total, a standard PC with headphones and controllers should cost a little under $ 1000.