Windows Mixed Reality

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Windows Mixed Reality (sometimes known as WMS) is a VR headset created by Microsoft. It is one of the cheapest available VR headsets.

Overview

Windows Mixed Reality is powered through USB 3.0 and an HDMI port. It has two controllers, each of which require two double AA batteries each. They all currently use "Inside out" tracking, which consists of two front facing cameras on the front of the headset and no base stations Upon setting up Windows Mixed Reality, the user will be taken to a location called the Cliff House which serves as a hub. To play VR games on Steam through WMS, one must install Windows Mixed Reality for SteamVR along with SteamVR itself.

Generations of WMR Headsets

1st Generation

The 1st generation of Mixed Reality Headsets were released in October 2017 under the brands; Lenovo, Acer, Dell, HP, Asus and Samsung. They were very similar in specifications with their 1440x1440 LCD displays and roughly 100° field of view and ratcheting halo to keep the headset in place, the only noticeable difference between the brands were in their styling of the HMD themselves and they all used the same standard controllers, except for the Samsung Odyssey which opted for a slightly more rounded controller design and 1440x1600 AMOLED display.

2nd Generation

The 2nd generation consisted of only two headsets; the Samsung Odyssey+, and the HP Reverb. The Samsung Odyssey+ used the same AMOLED 1440x1600 display, but added Anti-SDE (Screen Door Effect) which essentially diffuses the lights of each pixel to overlap and negate the "screen door effect" almost entirely. The Odyssey+ also integrated a Bluetooth receiver into the HMD to make connecting the controllers easier.

The HP Reverb boasted a new LCD display with the resolution 2160x2160 and 114° FOV, and a similar strap system to the Oculus Rift S.

3rd Generation

Currently, there is only one 3rd generation WMR headset - the HP Reverb G2, which will be ready for pre-orders July 2020. It will have the same display as the Reverb "G1" but as HP has partnered with Valve, it will also have some features found on the Valve index, such as their "off-ear" headphones, a similar face cushioning and Valve designed lenses to increase clarity. HP have also redesigned the WMR controllers to be more ergonomic, and are very similar to the Rift S controllers in terms of button layout. The G2 has an extra camera on each side, bringing the total to four cameras to improve inside out tracking further.

Requirements

You can download the Windows Mixed Reality PC Check from the Microsoft Store to automatically check your system if you are compatible.

  • Operating System - Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (RS3) or later - Home, Pro, Business, Education.
  • Processor - Intel Core i5 4590 (4th generation), quad-core (or better), AMD Ryzen 5 1400 3.4Ghz (desktop), quad-core (or better)
  • RAM - 8GB DDR3 (or better)
  • Graphics Card - NVIDIA GTX 1060 (or greater) DX12-capable discrete GPU
  • Graphics Driver - Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 2.2
  • Graphics display port - HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort 1.2 (DisplayPort 1.3 for HP Reverbs)
  • Display - Connected external or integrated VGA (800x600) display (or better)
  • USB connectivity - USB 3.0 Type-A or Type-C
  • Bluetooth - Bluetooth 4.0