Windows Mixed Reality is designed to work best with mixed reality motion controllers, which provide natural, precise interactions with no need to install hardware on your walls.
You can also use an Xbox controller or a mouse and keyboard. And remember, you can always get around in mixed reality using just your voice.
Having trouble with your motion controllers? Get help
Motion controller setup
Motion controllers use Bluetooth to connect to your PC. If your PC doesn’t have Bluetooth, you can buy a USB 4.0 Bluetooth micro adapter and plug that into the PC.
When you connect your immersive headset for the first time, you'll be walked through pairing your motion controllers. But if you need to pair them later on, here’s how:
- Insert 2 AA batteries into each controller. Don’t put the battery cover back on yet, though.
- Press and hold the Windows button for 2 seconds to turn on each controller. They’ll buzz when they turn on.
- Put the controllers in pairing mode. The pairing button is inside the battery compartment. Press and hold it until the controller lights start flashing.
- On your PC, go to Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices and then select Add Bluetooth or other device > Bluetooth.
- When the controllers appear, select them to pair.
- If another set of motion controllers is paired with your PC, you'll need to unpair those controllers before pairing new ones.
- If you paired a set of motion controllers with your current PC and then paired them with a second PC, you'll need to unpair and re-pair them with the current PC before using them again.
Got an Xbox controller?
If you have a Bluetooth Xbox controller, pair it with your PC to use it with your headset. Learn how.
If you have a wired Xbox controller, plug it in to your PC.
Some games and apps use the Xbox controller differently from how it's used in mixed reality. To use the controller for a game or app, select Use as gamepad on the app bar or say, "Use as gamepad." To switch the controller back to mixed reality, select Use as gamepad , again, or say, "Use with gaze."
Here’s how to get around in mixed reality with motion controllers, an Xbox gamepad, or a mouse and keyboard.
To switch input between mixed reality and your desktop, press Windows logo key + Y on your PC keyboard.
|To do this||Motion controllers||Gamepad||Mouse + keyboard|
|Teleport||Press the thumbstick forward, then point the controller where you want to go. Release the thumbstick.||Press the left thumbstick forward, then look where you want to go. Release the thumbstick.||Click and hold the right button, then point the mouse where you want to go. Release the button.|
|Select||Point the controller, then pull the trigger or click the touchpad.||Gaze at the target, then press A.||Point the mouse, then left-click.|
|Open the Start menu||Press the Windows button.||Press the Xbox button.||Press the Windows logo key .|
|Leave an immersive app||Press the Windows button. Then select Mixed reality home on the quick actions menu.||Press the Xbox button. Then select Mixed reality home button on the quick actions menu.||Press the Windows logo key .Then select the Mixed reality home button on the Quick Actions menu that appears.|
|Rotate||Move the thumbstick left or right.||Move the right stick left or right.||Not available.|
|Back up||Move the thumbstick backward.||Move the left stick backward.||Not available.|
|Walk||Push the thumbstick straight down, then press it in the direction you want to walk.||Push the left stick straight down, then press it in the direction you want to walk.||Not available.|
|Move an app window||Point at the app bar. Pull and hold the trigger to grab the window, then use the controller to move it in any direction. Release the trigger.||Gaze at the app bar, then press and hold A to grab the window. Use the left stick to move the window side-to-side or up and down. Use the triggers to move it closer and farther away. Then release A.||Point the mouse at the app bar. Left-click and hold to grab the window, then use the mouse to move it side-to-side or up and down. Use the scroll wheel to move the window closer or farther away. Release the mouse button.|
|Move a 3D object||Point at the object, then pull and hold the trigger to grab it. Move it in any direction with the controller, then release the trigger.||Gaze at the object, then press and hold A to grab it. Use the left stick to move the window side-to-side or up and down. Use the triggers to move it closer and farther away. Then release A.||Point the mouse at the object. Left-click and hold to grab it, then use the mouse to move it side-to-side or up and down. To move it closer or farther away, use the scroll wheel. Release the mouse button.|
|Rotate or resize an app window||Point one controller at the app bar and the other controller anywhere on the window. Hold down both triggers, then move the controllers together or apart to resize. To rotate, move one controller toward you and the other one away from you. Release the triggers.||Select Adjust on the app bar. Gaze at a corner of the adjustment frame, then press A to select it. Use the left stick to resize the window.|| |
Select Adjust on the app bar. Select and hold a corner of the adjustment frame, then use your mouse to resize the window.
|Rotate or resize a 3D object||Point both controllers at the object. Hold down both triggers, then move the controllers together or apart to resize. To rotate, move one controller toward you and the other one away from you.||Select Adjust on the app bar, and then move the object using the left stick.||Select Adjust on the app bar, and then select and hold the object and use your mouse to move it.|
|Scroll in an app window||Pull and hold the trigger, then move the controller up or down.||Use the D-pad.||Use the mouse scroll wheel.|
|Zoom in or out in app window||Pull both triggers, then move the controllers closer together or farther apart.||Pull the right trigger to zoom in, and the left trigger to zoom out.||Use the mouse scroll wheel while holding down the CTRL key on the keyboard.|
|Open a menu||Press the Menu button.||Press the Menu button.||Right-click.|
What do the vibrations and lights mean?
Your controller communicates to you what it's doing by vibrating and blinking its LED lights.
|When your controller does this||It means this|
|LEDs turn on, and the controller vibrates once||Turning on|
|LEDs turn off, and the controller vibrates twice||Turning off|
|LEDs blink every 3 seconds||Sleeping|
|LEDs slowly pulse, and the controller vibrates once||Entering pairing mode|
|Controller vibrates once||Connecting or disconnecting from your PC|
|LEDs are brightly lit||Controllers tracked by headset|
|LEDs are dimly lit||Controllers not tracked by headset|
|Controller vibrates three times and then turns off||Critical battery level|
|The outer and inner rings of LEDs blink in an alternating pattern||Updating|