The Minimum PC Specs Required for Windows 10 VR Headsets

The virtual reality experiences is a big part of the Creators Update next year for all Windows PCs. Unlike other VR vendors like HTC’s Vive and Oculus’ Rift who use their own custom system, Microsoft has created its own VR platform with Windows Holographic, the same environment that powers the company’s HoloLens headset. The VR headsets for Windows will start at $299 and it requires a PC that has enough power to have a smooth experience.


Microsoft hasn’t released an official document stating the minimum requirement for the hardware but according to the “Windows Holographic First Run” which is included in the latest test builds of Windows 10, it appears that the requirements are pretty basic:

  • 4GB of RAM
  • USB 3.0 Port
  • A graphics card with DirectX 12 support
  • 4 CPU cores, including dual-core processors with hyperthreading


This is some good news for anyone interested in the VR world without investing a big chunk of money on a powerful PC but we will still have to wait and see what types of apps and games will be available at this level. Microsoft is planning to detail about the VR headsets for Windows 10 at an event in December. So let’s see what will be revealed.

//via TheVerge

Kent Chen

Microsoft MVP, IT Professional, Developer, Geek, and the co-founder of Next of Windows.

Last updated: 11/22/2016

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Glenn Reimche

I just decided I wanted a Vive, but now I guess I’ll wait to see what MS comes up with.

For the Vive I’d need to buy yet another new video card, and reports that my AMD 8350 may still be a bottleneck are concerning.

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