Microsoft announced back in August 2016 that it would bring the Windows Holographic shell to mainstream PCs as part of its next major update to Windows 10.
The company is already offering the HoloLens headset for $3000, but there are rumors that it is now working with hardware partners in order to release a more affordable virtual reality headset for Windows 10 which will be priced at only $299. At the same time, the minimum requirements of computers will be lowered so that more people will be able to use the new headset.
Last week, Microsoft released the Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14971, which included the Windows Holographic First Run app. This application revealed the minimum PC specs that will be required in order to use the Windows Holographic VR:
- Quad-core CPU;
- 4GB of RAM;
- A graphics card that supports DirectX 12;
- 1GB of free storage.
In addition, the application recommends you use USB 3.0, but that is not a mandatory requirement. However, by using USB 3.0 you will make sure that the application runs without any problems.
During the First Run process, you will be advised to prepare your room in order to be able to safely use the VR headset. Unlike the HoloLens headset, this low-cost Windows Holographic headset will not allow you to view the “real” world and will be connected to a Windows 10 PC using a wire.
The full Windows Holographic shell will be released sometime in early 2017 when the Windows 10 Creators Update is launched. However, Microsoft will release more news regarding this upcoming headset during an event in December 2016.
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