1. Getting started

Whether you're new to mixed reality or a seasoned pro, this is the place to start your journey with HoloLens 2 and Unreal Engine. This tutorial series will give you a step by step guide on how to build an interactive chess app with the UX Tools plugin - part of the Mixed Reality Toolkit for Unreal. The plugin will help you add common UX features to your projects with code, blueprints, and examples.

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By the end of the series you'll have hands-on experience with:

  • Starting a new project
  • Setting up for mixed reality
  • Working with user input
  • Adding buttons
  • Playing on an emulator or device


Make sure you've installed the following before jumping in:

  • Windows 10 1809 or later
  • Windows 10 SDK 10.0.18362.0 or later
  • Unreal Engine 4.25 or later
  • Microsoft HoloLens 2 device configured for development or Emulator
  • Visual Studio 2019 with the workloads below

Installing Visual Studio 2019

There are a few steps to ensure you have all the required Visual Studio packages:

  1. Install the latest version of Visual Studio 2019

  2. Install the following workloads:

    • Desktop development with C++
    • .NET desktop development
    • Universal Windows Platform development
  3. Install the following components:

    • Compilers, build tools, and runtimes > MSVC v142 - VS 2019 C++ ARM64 build tools (latest version)

That's it! You're all set to move on to starting the chess project.

Next section: 2. Initializing your project and first application