Microsoft is getting serious about virtual reality with the Windows 10 Creators Update that’s due to arrive early next year. The company is trying to create its own VR platform using Windows Holographic, the environment that’s actually used to power Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented reality headset. Microsoft announced at its event last month that VR headsets for Windows 10 will start at as low as $300. The company has now confirmed the minimum PC specifications required to run these headsets.
The confirmation comes via the latest beta builds of Windows 10 in which Microsoft has included a new “Windows Holographic First Run” application. The app basically checks whether the computer is compatible with the VR platform.
As far as the minimum specifications go, they are quite basic. Users will require a PC with at least 4GB of RAM, a graphics card with DirectX 12 support, 4 CPU cores, including dualcore processors with support for hyperthreading as well as a USB 3.0 port.
That’s really what the VR platform appears to require before it can run on a Windows 10 machine. It’s safe to say that most modern Windows 10 computers will have these specs so support for the VR platform isn’t going to be that big of an issue.
Microsoft is going to work with third-party manufacturers to launch VR headsets for Windows 10 that will cost as low as $299.