You don’t need a very powerful computer to run Windows Mixed Reality, but when you want to develop for the platform things are a bit different.
In fact, Microsoft’s system recommendations include top of the line processors and GPUs. See if your PC meets the specs below:
System Recommendations for App Developers
- Desktop: Intel Desktop Core i7 (6+ Core) OR AMD Ryzen 7 1700 (6 Core, 12 threads)
- Desktop: NVIDIA GTX 980/1060, AMD Radeon RX 480 (2GB) equivalent or greater DX12 and WDDM 2.2 capable GPU
- Drivers: Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 2.2
- Thermal Design Power: 15W or greater
- Headset connectors: 1x available graphics display port for headset (HDMI 1.4 or DisplayPort 1.2 for 60Hz headsets, HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort 1.2 for 90Hz headsets)
- Resolution: SVGA (800×600) or greater
- Bit depth: 32 bits of color per pixel
Memory: 16 GB of RAM or greater
Storage: >10 GB additional free space
- 1x available USB port for headset (USB 3.0 Type-A). USB must supply a minimum of 900mA.
- Bluetooth 4.0 (for accessory connectivity)
Developers should visit the Windows Dev Center to view documentation, download tools and join the Windows Mixed Reality developer community, and download Unity 3D, the most widely-used developer platform for creating immersive applications.
Developers can also get a free start by downloading the Visual Studio 2017 Community edition to package and deploy your immersive apps to the Windows Store.
You should probably also pick up a headset. Pre-order links can found in our post here.