$299 Windows 10 VR Headsets Won’t Need PCs with High-end Specs

Windows 10 test build reveals PC specs for Windows 10 VR headsets

When Microsoft revealed its plans last month for Windows 10 VR headsets at a starting price of $299, that was great news. But nobody knew what specs the PC would need that would run the applications for these headsets.

We do now, and it looks like Microsoft is reaching out to the mass market with these Windows 10 VR devices made by third parties. The specs that it requires the PC to have are surprisingly modest.

The move is part of an effort to bring the VR and Holographic experience to the Windows 10 Creators Update that’s coming out in Spring 2017. In a recent Windows 10 build, the company has rolled out a “Windows Holographic Test Run” app that allows developers to test support for the VR functionality on whatever Windows 10 PC they’re using. The results are encouraging.

The system requirements are very basic: 4GB RAM, DirectX 12, USB 3.0, 4 processor cores and adequate disk space. That’s it! Those kind of specs are even available on really affordable PCs nowadays, so that’s a big clue to where Microsoft is going with this.

As of now, since this is a test build, there’s no full support for all VR headsets like the HTC Vive, for example, but that should be coming very soon. Microsoft is holding an event in December where they’ve promised to reveal more about their VR and Holographic plans for the Windows 10 Creators Update.

Stay tuned for more.

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