Windows Mixed Reality minimum PC hardware compatibility guidelines

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Features and experiences

Windows 10 powers Windows Mixed Reality on variety of headsets across a diverse set of PC hardware. The power of your PC will determine what experiences you can have. With higher end PCs, you get some extra capabilities and features:

  • Crisper visuals and a higher refresh rate.
  • More apps and experiences—including the most graphics-intensive games.
  • A ‘’mirror’’ window on your desktop that shows what you see in mixed reality.
  • Record and share videos and photos of your mixed reality experiences.

Minimum PC hardware guidelines

See if your PC can run Windows Mixed Reality by reviewing the hardware guidelines below and running the Mixed Reality Portal app.

Remember, your performance will vary depending on your exact setup. You'll also need to make sure your PC has the right ports for the Windows Mixed Reality immersive headset that you're using.

Note

Guidelines for development PCs are higher than those for consumers' PCs running mixed reality apps. If you're a mixed reality developer, see recommended development PC specifications.

Mixed Reality Portal app

Mixed Reality Portal is the best way to make sure your PC is ready to run Windows Mixed Reality.

After running the app, you'll get one of the following messages:

  • You're good to go. Your PC is ready to run mixed reality games and experiences.
  • Supports some features. Your PC can run some mixed reality experiences.
  • Can't run mixed reality. This PC doesn't meet the minimum requirements needed to run Windows Mixed Reality.

You'll then get an analysis of your PC against the required hardware, drivers, and operating system. Screenshot of Windows Mixed Reality PC Check

IconWhat it means
SucceededYour PC passes the required item.
WarningThere may be issues with your PC for the given requirement. If you come across issues, you may need to troubleshoot or upgrade your PC.
ErrorYour PC doesn't meet the requirements for the specified item.

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Compatibility guidelines

Important

We will be updating, making additions to and may be revising these Windows Mixed Reality PC Compatibility Guidelines. Please check back regularly for the latest guidelines and requirements.

High Resolution Headset Requirements

Because of the higher resolution, the following requirements apply to the HP Reverb G1, G2 and Omnicept product lines to ensure optimal 90 Hz, full resolution experience:

  • Intel Core i5, i7, Intel Xeon E3-1240 v5, equivalent or better. AMD Ryzen 5 equivalent or better.
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, AMD Radeon RX 5700, equivalent or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM or more
  • 1x Display Port 1.3
  • 1x USB 3.0 Type-C with power delivery (or included power adapter)
  • Windows 10 May 2019 update or later

All Other WMR Compatible Headsets
For all other HMDs, refer to the following requirements:

Windows Mixed Reality 90Hz PCs Windows Mixed Reality 60Hz PCs
Operating SystemWindows 10 Fall Creators Update (RS3) or later - Home, Pro, Business, Education.
(Note: Not supported on N versions or Windows 10 Pro in S Mode)
Processor Intel Core i5 4590 (4th generation), quad-core (or better)
AMD Ryzen 5 1400 3.4Ghz (desktop), quad-core (or better)
Intel Core i5 7200U (7th generation mobile), dual-core with Intel Hyper-Threading Technology enabled (or better)
AMD Ryzen 5 1400 3.4Ghz (desktop), quad-core (or better)
RAM 8 GB DDR3 (or better) 8 GB DDR3 dual channel (or better)
Free disk space At least 10 GB At least 10 GB
Graphics Card
  • NVIDIA GTX 1060 (or greater) DX12-capable discrete GPU
  • AMD RX 470/570 (or greater) DX12-capable discrete GPU
Note: GPU must be hosted in a PCIe 3.0 x4+ Link slot
  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 (or greater) DX12-capable integrated GPU (check if your model is greater)
  • NVIDIA MX150 (or greater) discrete GPU
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 discrete GPU
  • Nvidia 965M discrete GPU
  • AMD Radeon RX 460/560
  • Note: Older Intel GPUs such as HD Graphics 4xx, 5xx, 2xxx, 3xxx, 4xxx, 5xxx, and 6xxx aren't supported.
    Graphics Driver Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 2.2
    Graphics display port HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort 1.2 HDMI 1.4 or DisplayPort 1.2
    Display Connected external or integrated VGA (800x600) display (or better)
    USB connectivity USB 3.0
    Bluetooth connectivity (for motion controllers) Bluetooth 4.0
    Expected headset framerate 90 Hz 60 Hz
    Power USB 3.0 ports USB 3.0 ports

    Additional information:

    • Larger laptops with screens of at least 15" do the best.
    • Hybrid graphics configurations are compatible only with Windows Mixed Reality 90Hz. The discrete graphics adapter in any hybrid configuration must meet all the requirements listed in the Windows Mixed Reality guidelines for discrete graphics adapters.
    • If you have a discrete graphics card that should run Windows Mixed Reality 90Hz, but it's defaulting to a 60Hz (60 frames per second) refresh rate, use a full-size DisplayPort to HDMI 2.0 adapter to plug in your headset and enable a 90Hz refresh rate.
    • Different headsets may require different hardware ports, so make sure your PC has the correct ports or necessary adapters to connect to your headset.

    Note

    Discrete and integrated graphics hardware that don't meet the minimum confirmed specifications have not been tested, confirmed, or optimized for Windows Mixed Reality and may not function properly or at all.

    Windows Mixed Reality and Surface

    For the best Windows Mixed Reality experience on a Surface device, we recommend the latest SurfaceBook (15”) configured with at least the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GB and 16 GB of RAM. This configuration supports all Windows Mixed Reality features and has been tested for Windows Mixed Reality. The latest Surface Book (13.5”), Surface Studio, Surface Laptop, and Surface Pro (2017) will all support some Windows Mixed Reality features when configured with an Intel Core i5 CPU (or better) and at least 8 GB of RAM.

    Requirements:

    • Surface products require driver updates to be compatible with Windows Mixed Reality. These drivers can be installed on your Surface by going to Settings > Update and Security > Check for Updates.
    • Surface products require an adapter from the video port (Mini DisplayPort or USB-C, depending on the Surface PC) to HDMI 2.0 for Windows Mixed Reality headsets. The most recent version of the Surface Mini-DisplayPort to HDMI AV Adapter is compatible with HDMI 2.0 (the older version isn't). Similarly, the Surface USB-C to HDMI Adapter is also compatible with HDMI 2.0.

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