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Microsoft Confirms Minimum PC Specs For Windows 10 VR Headsets

Microsoft Confirms Minimum PC Specs For Windows 10 VR Headsets

Microsoft is planning to support virtual reality experiences for all Windows 10 PCs as part of the Creators Update next year.

Taken from screen shots from the shell setup process, it reveals you need a PC with 4GB of RAM, USB 3.0, DirectX 12, a CPU with 4 cores, 1GB of free storage and 1.5m x 2m of open space.

The latest builds of Windows 10 include the "Windows Holographic First Run" application, which is created to ensure a user has a machine meeting the requirements of the VR headsets before splashing the cash.

All you need to do is to download and install this app, and then let it scan the computer. The platform also supports an optional handheld device that enables 6-degree freedom of movement for greater accuracy and enhanced multitasking.

This new focus on virtual reality was announced back in September, during the Windows 10 event that also revealed the Surface Studio. Headsets will be available from a number of Microsoft partners, such as HP, Lenovo, Dell, Acer and ASUS.

HTC and Facebook-owned Oculus offer two of the most prominent headsets in the market -the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, respectively. On the graphics side, you need the power offered by the Nvidia GTX 970 or AMD Radeon 290, or something better. The app in question is similar to the Oculus app, in that it will check that your system meets the proper requirements and help you set up VR.

Similar to Valve's performance-check utility, the app checks to see if your PC is capable enough to handle Windows 10 VR.

As the company said during its introduction of the Creators Update in October, Windows 10 VR will be accessible to most modern PCs.

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