Here’s a guide to the PC hardware setup needed to run the Windows Mixed Reality and Windows Mixed Reality Ultra experiences. Learn more about Windows Mixed Reality
Performance and features may vary depending on your exact setup. To find out if your PC is compatible, download and run the Windows Mixed Reality PC Check app.
Looking for help with PC check results? See this topic.
Windows Mixed Reality and Windows Mixed Reality Ultra
The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update powers both Windows Mixed Reality and Windows Mixed Reality Ultra. Which version you experience depends on your PC hardware.
With Windows Mixed Reality Ultra, you get some additional capabilities and features:
Crisper visuals and a higher refresh rate (90 frames per second).
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 (as well as photos) of your mixed reality experiences.
PC hardware guidelines
Windows Mixed Reality
|Windows Mixed Reality Ultra|
|Windows 10 Fall Creators Update||Windows 10 Fall Creators Update|
Intel® Core™ i5 7200U (7th generation mobile), dual core with Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology enabled or better
Intel® Core™ i5 4590 (4th generation desktop), quad core or better
AMD Ryzen 5 1400 3.4Ghz (desktop), quad core or better
|RAM||8GB DDR3 dual channel||8GB DDR3 or better|
|Disk space||10 GB||10 GB|
|Graphics card|| |
|Graphics driver||Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 2.2||Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 2.2|
|Graphics display port||HDMI 1.4 or DisplayPort 1.2||HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort 1.2|
|Monitor||External or integrated VGA (800x600) monitor||External or integrated VGA (800x600) monitor|
|USB type||USB 3.0 Type-A or Type-C||USB 3.0 Type-A or Type-C|
|Bluetooth type (for controllers)||Bluetooth 4.0||Bluetooth 4.0|
- Larger laptops (with screens of at least 15”) perform best.
- Hybrid graphics configurations are compatible only with a Windows Mixed Reality Ultra setup. The hybrid system’s discrete card must meet the same specifications listed above for Windows Mixed Reality Ultra.
Ports and adapters
Different headsets may require different hardware ports, so make sure your PC has the correct ports to connect to your headset. If it doesn't, you can use one or more adapters to connect the headset.
Note: Microsoft does not manufacture, test, certify, or guarantee the functionality, reliability or quality of any adapter. For any questions, concerns, or issues with any adapter, you should contact the seller or manufacturer of your adapter.
Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers require Bluetooth 4.0. If your PC doesn't have it, you can use an adapter.
Recommended Bluetooth adapter:
Plugable USB Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy Micro Adapter
PC data ports
Windows Mixed Reality requires a USB 3.0 Type-A data port. If your computer has a USB 3.0 Type-C port, you'll need a USB 3.0 Type-C to USB 3.0 Type-A adapter.
PC display ports
|If your PC has this||Then use this|
|DisplayPort 1.2||DisplayPort 1.x to HDMI 2.0|
|Mini DisplayPort (MiniDP) 1.2||Mini DisplayPort 1.x to HDMI 2.0|
|USB 3.0 Type-C||USB 3.0 Type-C to HDMI 2.0|
Recommended display port adapters:
The following display adapters are all both 60Hz and 90Hz capable.
Mini DisplayPort (MiniDP) to HDMI:
- Club 3D HDMI 2.0 Active Adapter
- Surface Mini DisplayPort to HDMI 2.0 Adapter
- Plugable miniDP to Active HDMI 2.0
- Cable Matters Active Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter supporting 4K 60Hz
USB 3.0 Type C to HDMI (with Thunderbolt 3 support):
- Plugable USB-C to HDMI 2.0
- Accell USB-C to HDMI 2.0
Discrete and integrated graphics hardware that doesn’t meet the minimum confirmed specifications has not been tested, confirmed, or optimized for Windows Mixed Reality and may not function properly or at all.
We’ll be updating and revising these guidelines. Check back often for the latest.
Article ID: 4039260 - Last Review: Oct 17, 2017 - Revision: 44