Minimum PC hardware guidelines

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.

Performance may 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 are using.

Windows Mixed Reality PC Check app

The Windows Mixed Reality PC Check app is the best way to make sure your PC is ready to run Windows Mixed Reality.

Download Windows Mixed Reality PC Check app

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

  • You're good to go. Your PC has what it takes to run Windows Mixed Reality.
  • You’re nearly there. This PC may be able to run Windows Mixed Reality, but some features might be limited.
  • Can't run mixed reality. This PC doesn't meet the minimum requirements needed to run Windows Mixed Reality.

You will 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 encounter issues, you may need to troubleshoot or upgrade your PC.
ErrorYour PC does not meet the requirements for the specified item.

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.

Windows Mixed Reality Ultra PCsWindows Mixed Reality PCs
Operating SystemWindows 10 Fall Creators Update (RS3) - Home, Pro, Business, Education.
(Note: Not supported on N versions or Windows 10 Pro in S Mode)
ProcessorIntel 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)
RAM8GB DDR3 (or better)8GB DDR3 dual channel (or better)
Free disk spaceAt least 10 GB
Graphics CardNVIDIA GTX 960/1050 (or greater) DX12-capable discrete GPU
AMD RX 460/560 (or greater) DX12-capable discrete GPU
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 MX150/965M (or greater) DX12-capable discrete GPU
Graphics DriverWindows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 2.2Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 2.2
Graphics display portHDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort 1.2HDMI 1.4 or DisplayPort 1.2
DisplayConnected external or integrated VGA (800x600) display (or better)
USB connectivityUSB 3.0 Type-A or Type-C
Bluetooth connectivity (for motion controllers)Bluetooth 4.0
Expected headset framerate90 Hz60 Hz

Additional information:

  • Larger laptops (with screens of at least 15") perform best.
  • Hybrid graphics configurations are compatible only with a Windows Mixed Reality Ultra setup. The hybrid system’s discrete card must meet the same specifications listed for Windows Mixed Reality Ultra above.
  • 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

Surface Book 2, Surface Studio, Surface Laptop and Surface Pro (2017) support Windows Mixed Reality when equipped with an Intel Core i5 CPU (or better) and at least 8GB 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 is not). Similarly, the Surface USB-C to HDMI Adapter is also compatible with HDMI 2.0.

Warning

Not all Mini DisplayPort or USB-C to HDMI adapters are HDMI 2.0-capable. Consider checking for explicit “HDMI 2.0” compatibility or “4K” compatibility on any adapter.

More information on Surface compatibility with Windows Mixed Reality is available in the table below:

(with Windows 10 Pro installed)
Surface Windows Mixed Reality supported? Minimum configuration Notes
Surface Pro (original)/ Surface Pro 2 No
Surface Pro 3 No
Surface Pro 4 No
Surface 3 No
Surface Book No
Surface Book with Performance Base No
Surface Pro (2017) Yes Intel 7th generation Core i5/i7 with 8GB of RAM or more
  • Requires Surface Mini DisplayPort to HDMI 2.0 Adapter (other adapters may work, but are untested)
  • Requires Performance Slider set to “Best Performance” during usage
  • Achieves Windows Mixed Reality (60Hz) experience
Surface Book 2 (13.5" and 15") Yes All configurations
  • Requires Surface USB-C to HDMI Adapter (other adapters may work, but are untested)
  • Note: The use of Surface Dock with Surface Book 2 is not officially supported with Windows Mixed Reality, due to Surface Dock’s power supply limitations.

  • Configurations with only the Intel HD Graphics 620 integrated GPU achieve Windows Mixed Reality (60Hz) experience
  • Configurations with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and 1060 discrete GPU achieve Windows Mixed Reality (90Hz) experience
Surface Studio Yes All configurations
  • Surface Mini DisplayPort to HDMI 2.0 Adapter (other adapters may work, but are untested)
  • Windows Mixed Reality headset must be connected to USB port with “+” symbol
  • Configurations with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965m achieve Windows Mixed Reality (60Hz) experience.
  • Configurations with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980m achieve Windows Mixed Reality (90Hz) experience.
Surface Laptop Yes Intel 7th generation Core i5/i7 with 8GB of RAM or more
  • Requires Windows 10 Pro (Windows Mixed Reality is incompatible with Windows 10 S)
  • Requires Surface Mini DisplayPort to HDMI 2.0 Adapter (other adapters may work, but are untested)
  • Requires Performance Slider set to “Best Performance” during usage
  • Achieves Windows Mixed Reality (60Hz) experience

See also