Windows Mixed Reality minimum PC hardware compatibility guidelines
Features and experiences
Windows 10 and Windows 11 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.
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.
|Icon||What it means|
|Your PC passes the required item.|
|There may be issues with your PC for the given requirement. If you come across issues, you may need to troubleshoot or upgrade your PC.|
|Your PC doesn't meet the requirements for the specified item.|
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:
|Component||Windows Mixed Reality 90Hz PCs||Windows Mixed Reality 60Hz PCs|
|Operating System||Windows 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|
Note: GPU must be hosted in a PCIe 3.0 x4+ Link slot
|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|
- 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.
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.
- 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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