There is still no clear indication about Microsoft’s plan for its virtual reality system on Windows 10. Currently, the VR is rumored to start with $299 headsets. This was heard from a variety of PC manufacturing companies. Next year Windows 10 Creators Update will bring support for the Windows Holographic VR platform for win 10. More about this will presumably be known during the Microsoft event of next month. But now via The Verge reports, we got some hints about the minimum PC requirements to run VR experiences.
Windows Holographic First Run
Available in the most recent Windows Insider test builds is the application called “Windows Holographic First Run” and according to this app the VR platform will need at the minimum 4GB of RAM, a DirectX 12 graphics card, USB 3.0 support and four CPU cores. Dual Core Cpu with hyper-threading will also be able to run the VR programs.
These requirements seem to make clear that Windows Holographic should be able to run smoothly on mid-range computers. We will likely know more detailed information about the actual CPUs and GPUs needed to run the VR when Microsoft officially releases the info. This information also does not mention what kind of experience you can get from these specs but do not expect to run Eve Valkyrie smoothly.
Compared to its main rivals Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, the requirements are rather low. Both those VR systems require a quad-core Intel Core i5 4590 or faster processor, 4GB of RAM, USB 3.0 and either a NVIDIA GTX 970 or AMD R9 290 video card. So it is clear that Microsoft is trying to make its VR more accessible than the Oculus Rift and Vive. And that might be great news for people who want to experience VR on a budget.