Windows Based Mid-Range Laptops will Support Mixed Reality Headsets; Details Here [ Video]By Noi Ramirez, UniversityHerald Reporter
Microsoft wants to provide cheap solutions to VR and mixed reality on a low-end computer that will be powered by Windows 10.
Microsoft detailed its plans during a press conference at WINHEC in China recently in their aim to create an environment to accommodate affordable mixed reality headsets, Polygon reported. The feeling of being present in the environment is an aspect of mixed reality, allowing the user to interact and explore this environment as natural as possible.
Minimum system requirements
First off, you'll need Windows 10 VR headsets that detect six degrees of motion. At the minimum, you need to have an Intel Dual Core i5 CPU with Hyperthreading, 8GB of RAM, Integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 or greater that is DX12 API capable, HDMI 1.4 or Display Port connections that can support 90 Hz 2880X1440 resolutions, according to Engadget.
HoloLens creator Alex Kipman said some headsets that will detect six degrees of motion powered by Windows 10 use inside-out tracking to unlock world-scale experiences. The company announced that it is helping to make mixed reality go mainstream in 2017.
In hopes to penetrate the Chinese market, HoloLens presented its headset for approval in China, with plans of getting the device in the hands of developers the first half of 2017. China's 3Glasses, leading developers in China for virtual reality said it will give support to its S1 head-mounted displays to Windows 10.
Likewise, Microsoft would also bring 360 videos to TV app and movies to Windows 10 for use with head-mounted displays (HMD). Shipping for developer kits for the displays will commence in February next year, just in time for the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
Microsoft's breakdown of the minimum system requirements gives a glimpse that the requirements can support the upcoming devices. Even Microsoft's own line of Surface Books and Razer's laptops would be able to accommodate HMD's.
More information is provided in the video below.