Microsoft is betting big on virtual reality with Windows 10, and the company is trying to bring this experience to all users of its latest operating system, so the firm is working with partners to launch VR headsets on the market at very affordable prices.
At WinHEC today, Redmond finally confirmed the minimum PC requirements for Windows 10 VR, after all, these details got leaked a few weeks back.
And what’s important is that the majority of computers running Windows 10 should be able to cope with VR requirements as well because what they need is an Intel Core i5 processor, integrated Intel HD graphics card, 8 GB of RAM, and 100 GB of storage (you can see all specifications at the end of the article).
The specs aren’t overwhelming and are exactly the same with the ones we’ve seen before, and it’s very clear that Microsoft is trying to make the VR experience to as many users as possible.
Also at WinHEC, Microsoft announced that starting February next year, developers would get access to Windows 10 VR headsets, as the company is pushing hard for this new effort to be ready when the Creators Update goes live.
The new Windows 10 OS update is expected in March, and The Verge writes that Microsoft’s goal is to make these VR headsets available for developers at the Game Developers Conference in Francisco before they debut publicly. Companies such as Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Asus have already confirmed that they are working on VR headsets.
New improvements and features that would bring Windows 10 closer to the VR world would debut in insider builds in 2017, so expect more information on this to arrive shortly.
|CPU: Intel Mobile Core i5 (e.g. 7200U) Dual-Core with Hyperthreading equivalent|
|GPU: Integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 (GT2) equivalent or greater DX12 API Capable GPU|
|RAM: 8GB+ Dual Channel required for integrated Graphics|
|HDMI: HDMI 1.4 with 2880×1440 @ 60 Hz or HDMI 2.0 or DP 1.3+ with 2880×1440 @ 90 Hz|
|HDD:100GB+ SSD (Preferred) / HDD|
|USB: USB 3.0 Type-A or USB 3.1 Type-C Port with DisplayPort Alternate Mode|
|Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 for accessories|