Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality plans are starting to look a lot more real, particularly with the announcement of support for Steam’s VR apps, and the teaser of an upcoming Halo game in VR.
Microsoft originally promised that Windows Mixed Reality would run on PCs as cheap as $500, but has recently revealed a two tier system called Windows Mixed Reality and Windows Mixed Reality Ultra, with the main differentiator in practice being the frame rate the headsets can deliver, with basic computers being able to deliver 60 fps and Ultra PCs 90 fps.
This is quite a significant change, as lower frame rates are associated with nausea, a major issue with VR, but of course, you get what you pay for, and being able to make the choice is better than not having any support at all, like higher end VR platforms.
The minimum spec is still, however, a Core i5 processor, meaning we are definitely talking about a mid-range rather than a low-end device.
See the latest specs below:
|Desktop and Notebook PCs with Discrete Graphics (‘Mixed Reality Ultra’)||Desktop and Notebook PCs with Integrated Graphics (‘Mixed Reality’)|
|Operating System||Windows 10 (RS3) Fall Creators Update – Home, Pro, Business, Education|
|Processor||i5 Intel Core i5 (4th generation) CPU with 4 or more physical cores AMD FX-4350 4.2Ghz (desktop), 4 or more physical cores||Intel Core i5 (7th generation) CPU, 2 physical cores with Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology enabled|
|RAM||8GB DDR3||8GB DDR3 Dual Channel|
|Hard Disk Space||10 GB of free space|
|Graphics Card||NVidia GTX 965M/AMD RX 460 or greater DX12 capable discrete GPU||Integrated Intel® HD Graphics 620 or greater DX12 capable integrated GPU|
|Graphics Driver||Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 2.2|
|Display||Connected external or integrated VGA (800×600) display|
|Graphics Display Port||1 x available HDMI 1.4/ DisplayPort 1.2|
|USB Connectivity||1 x available USB 3.0 Type-A or Type-C|
|Bluetooth (for accessories)||Bluetooth 4.0|
Besides the basic specs, there are a number of other details which will decide what performance if any you get. Microsoft is planning to release an app which will do a check, which we would recommend before you decide whether to purchase a device.