Before you buy a WMR headset, will I need a new PC?

Maybe. A big plus for the WMR headsets is that you don’t necessarily need a superpowerful PC to drive them for all uses. According to Microsoft, there will be WMR desktops and laptops with integrated graphics starting as low as $499 (approximately AU$630 and £390 converted) that will run the headsets at 60 frames per second, while WMR Ultra PCs with discrete graphics will run at 90fps.

Headsets aside, the more demanding the games or content you want to experience, the more powerful — and pricier — your PC will need to be. HP has a list of recommended system requirements for its developer edition headset that you can use as a baseline for what components to look for to get the most from the headsets. Also, one thing you definitely will need is the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

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What games and apps can I use?

For starters, you’ll be able to use all 20,000 Universal Windows apps in mixed reality. Basically, the headset will act like a monitor attached to your face. Again, that’s why you won’t necessarily need high-end components in your PC to use the headset for everything like watching 360-degree videos or regular movies for that matter.

The headsets will also work with HoloLens apps, and Microsoft announced that it’s “working with 343 Industries to bring Halo experiences into mixed reality.” Gaming company Steam will be compatible with Windows Mixed Reality hardware, too.

Reference: CNET

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