Set up Windows Mixed Reality

Applies to: Windows 10

Here's what to expect when you first set up Windows Mixed Reality. If you run into any problems, see Windows Mixed Reality Setup FAQ.

Get ready

To run Windows Mixed Reality, you'll need:

  • A compatible mixed reality immersive headset. Learn more
  • A Windows Mixed Reality-ready PC with the correct ports for your headset
  • Motion controllers, an Xbox controller, or a mouse and keyboard
  • Headphones with a mic (if your headset doesn't have them built in)
  • A large, open space

Get set

Prepare your space (including your overhead space). Make sure there are no obstacles, hazards, or fragile items in the area you’ll be using. Don’t set up at the top of a staircase or under an extra-low ceiling fan. Remove breakables and obstacles from the area, and make sure that you and anyone who uses your headset reads and understands the safety guidelines.

Go!

Once your space is ready, plug in your  headset, but don't put it on quite yet—first we'll need to do some setup on your PC. We’ll run a PC check, download some software, connect your controllers, and create a boundary to help you avoid obstacles.

Then comes the fun part—put on your headset and enter the mixed world. Cortana will be waiting to give you a tour. Have fun!