Good news for Microsoft fans. Virtual Reality is going to be part of Windows 10. It will be rolled out with the Creators update planned to be released next month. Microsoft is trying to create its own VR platforms using Windows Holographic technology which is currently used in HoloLens headset.
In recently concluded WinHEC (Windows Hardware Engineering Community), Microsoft announced the minimum requirement for a PC to work with Virtual Reality headsets designed for Windows 10. Till now, Virtual Reality needs a powerful system with high-end graphics. Surprisingly, the minimum requirement as per Microsoft doesn’t seem that demanding. You don’t even need dedicated graphics and use integrated graphics.
Minimum PC requirement for Windows 10 VR headsets
- Dual-Core Intel i5 Kaby Lake
- 4 GB RAM
- Integrated graphics card with DirectX 12 support
- 100 GB of free space
- HDMI 1.4 with support for 2880 x 1440/60 to/from or HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.3 for 2880 x 1440/90 Hz
- USB 3.0, USB 3.1 or USB Type-C with DisplayPort Alternate Mode
- Bluetooth 4.0
The new VR headset is jointly developed by Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Acer. According to Microsoft, the headset price is economical and the price starts at $299. Another challenge is developing applications and games that support VR. Hopefully, more developers and software manufacturers will start developing software once the VR becomes functional.
Microsoft is planning to release VR headsets and VR support updates for Windows 10 by 2017. More details will be revealed in the upcoming Microsoft events in coming days.