Mixed Reality software overview and release history

Introduction to Mixed Reality software

Windows Mixed Reality consists of the following major software components:

  1. Mixed Reality Portal, a key component of the Windows 10 operating system. Support for Windows Mixed Reality requires Version 1709 (the Fall Creator's Update) or newer
  2. The Mixed Reality feature-on-demand package (FOD), automatically downloaded and installed during Mixed Reality Portal's first-run. More information about the FOD package can be found here
  3. The Mixed Reality headset and motion controller driver (also known as the HoloLens Sensors driver.) This is automatically downloaded and installed via Windows Update the first time your Mixed Reality headset is plugged in
  4. The Mixed Reality motion controller model drivers, which contains the 3D models of the Mixed Reality motion controllers and needed for third-party Mixed Reality experiences. This is automatically downloaded and installed via Windows Update the first time your Mixed Reality motion controllers are paired to your PC

In addition, using Windows Mixed Reality in SteamVR requires the following software:

  1. SteamVR, developed and maintained by Valve Corporation that enables virtual reality apps and games on Steam. More information can be found here
  2. The Windows Mixed Reality for SteamVR component, which bridges SteamVR with Windows Mixed Reality. More information about this component can be found on the Windows Mixed Reality for SteamVR page

Release history

Mixed Reality headset and motion controller driver release history

This driver is automatically downloaded and installed via Windows Update, but download links are provided inline:

Windows 10, version 1803 (April 2018 Update)

Version Release Date Major changes
10.0.17134.1004 April 27th, 2018 Initial public release of the driver for Windows 10, version 1803
  • Headset tracking and reliability improvements
  • Motion controller tracking and performance improvements

Windows 10, version 1709 (Fall Creators Update)

Version Release Date Major changes
10.0.16299.1070 February 6th, 2018
  • Official support for 3Glasses Blubur S2 Mixed Reality headset
10.0.16299.1062 December 19th, 2017
  • Resolves HID issue leading to Something Went Wrong error code 2181038087-7 on some PCs
  • Various stability and reliability fixes
10.0.16299.1058 December 5th, 2017
  • Improved headset tracking
  • Motion controller touchpad responsiveness improvements
  • Resolves issue where driver installation could sometimes fail
  • Various stability and reliability fixes
10.0.16299.1042 November 21st, 2017
  • Resolves an issue that led to headset displays sometimes going black during use
  • Resolves an issue that sometimes led to Motion Controllers disappearing
  • Presence sensor performance improvements for the Dell Visor headset
  • Various stability and reliability fixes
10.0.16299.1036 November 7th, 2017
  • Motion Controller throwing mechanic improvements:
    • Velocity will now be reported properly when position accuracy is approximate, so you can now throw behind your head!
    • Example code for throwing can be found in the "ThrowingStarter" unity package here. Open the throwing scene to get started
  • Improved Motion Controller battery reporting
  • Various stability and reliability fixes
10.0.16299.1012 October 17th, 2017 Initial public release of the driver

Mixed Reality motion controller model driver release history

This driver is also automatically downloaded and installed via Windows Update, but download links are provided inline:

Windows 10, version 1803 (April 2018 Update)

Version Release Date Major changes
10.0.17079.1000 April 17th, 2018 Initial public release of the driver for Windows 10, version 1803.

Windows 10, version 1709 (Fall Creators Update)

Version Release Date Major changes
10.0.16291.1000, 10.0.16299.1012 October 17th, 2017 Initial public release of the driver

SteamVR release history

Valve's release notes for SteamVR can be found here: https://steamcommunity.com/app/250820

Windows Mixed Reality for SteamVR release history

Our release notes for the Windows Mixed Reality for SteamVR component can be found here: http://steamcommunity.com/games/719950/announcements/