These are the minimum PC specs you'll need to power Windows 10 VR headsets

Microsoft is all set to make VR more accessible in the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update, and now we know just how powerful of a PC you'll need to power the experience. As note by The Verge, Microsoft has included a "Windows Holographic First Run" app in its latest Windows 10 test builds, which is meant to tell you whether your machine meets the minimum requirements to power upcoming Windows 10 VR headsets. Thankfully, the minimum specs revealed by the app are fairly basic.

Holographic VR minimum specs

Here's a look at the minimum you'll need to get started:

  • 4GB RAM
  • DirectX 12 compatible GPU
  • 4-core CPU (includes dual-core processors with hyperthreading)
  • USB 3.0 port

Given the high demands of current PCVR solutions like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, those are pretty forgiving specs. VR headsets built on the Windows Holographic platform are set to debut in 2017 at a starting price of $299. Headsets will be available from a number of Microsoft partners, such as HP, Lenovo, Dell, Acer and ASUS. With any luck, these minimum specs, combined with the relatively low price tag of the entry-level headsets, will make getting a quality VR experience much easier.

Microsoft is expected to reveal more about its Windows Holographic VR plans at a December event, so we should learn even more soon.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

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