Windows 10 PCs are going to soon support virtual reality experiences as Microsoft is planning to as part of the Creators Update next year. The HTC Vive and Oculus Rift use their own custom software, Microsoft is trying to build their own VR platform for Windows Holographic, which is the same environment that runs the HoloLens headset. The company announced that VR headsets will start at $299 for Windows 10, and now they are revealing the PC specs that are required to power VR.
Microsoft is including a “Windows Holographic First Run” application in the latest test builds of Windows 10 to test if a machine is compatible or not. It appears that Microsoft’s minimum requirements are basic:
- 4GB of RAM
- USB 3.0 port
- A graphics card with DirectC 12 support
- 4 CPU cores, including dual-core processors with hyperthreading
This is great news for anyone that is interested in virtual reality as it doesn’t need the big costs of PC power and the headset, but we’ll need to find out what apps and games will be available at this stage. At an event in Dcember, Microsoft is planning to release more details about its VR headsets for Windows 10. The full holographic shell isn’t available to run on VR devices such as the HTC Vive, despite the first run app is available on Windows 10 test builds. It’s expected that Microsoft will enable this in the next few weeks as they start to talk more about their plans with VR.