One of the main reasons PC buyers will be opting for more powerful (and more expensive) hardware this Christmas will be support for Windows Mixed Reality headsets.
Even the lowest configuration require at least a Core i5 processor, and there are specific requirements about which ports and even which level of Bluetooth your PC needs.
To help buyers through this process Microsoft has devices a sticker program for Windows Mixed Reality Ready PCs, at its basic and Ultra level, which deliver 90 fps video.
Microsoft has certified 37 PCs and laptops so far, with more to come.
The minimum specs for each level is below.
|Desktop and Notebook PCs with Discrete Graphics (‘Mixed Reality Ultra’)||Desktop and Notebook PCs with Integrated Graphics (‘Mixed Reality’)|
|Operating System||Windows 10 (RS3) Fall Creators Update – Home, Pro, Business, Education|
|Processor||i5 Intel Core i5 (4th generation) CPU with 4 or more physical cores AMD FX-4350 4.2Ghz (desktop), 4 or more physical cores||Intel Core i5 (7th generation) CPU, 2 physical cores with Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology enabled|
|RAM||8GB DDR3||8GB DDR3 Dual Channel|
|Hard Disk Space||10 GB of free space|
|Graphics Card||NVidia GTX 965M/AMD RX 460 or greater DX12 capable discrete GPU||Integrated Intel® HD Graphics 620 or greater DX12 capable integrated GPU|
|Graphics Driver||Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 2.2|
|Display||Connected external or integrated VGA (800×600) display|
|Graphics Display Port||1 x available HDMI 1.4/ DisplayPort 1.2|
|USB Connectivity||1 x available USB 3.0 Type-A or Type-C|
|Bluetooth (for accessories)||Bluetooth 4.0|
PCs wil the sticker will start showing up this holiday season.