Microsoft recently revealed two versions of Mixed Reality- Regular and Ultra. While the former worked with integrated PC, for better, and high-end experience, the later came into pictures which use the dedicated graphics card to push the boundaries. In its developer page of Mixed Reality of Windows 10, Microsoft has shared detailed specs for both of them. Below is a quick comparison between both of them. Good thing is that it works on all version of Windows 10 including Home with Fall Creators Update.
|Desktop and Notebook PCs with Discrete Graphics||Desktop and Notebook PCs with Integrated Graphics*|
|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|
The biggest advantage of Mixed Reality is it keeps the complex camera setup needed with VR form Oculus and Vive. Instead the uses the inside-out tracking to get the job done. However, it is still not clear how well the Augmented Reality i.e. Mix of Virtual and Real world works together on these headsets as few claim these headsets are fully virtual only. Only HoloLens is MR, rest are just VR.
When running Windows 10 PC MR with Integrated graphics hardware you immersive headset of run at a maximum of 60 Hz, and are right now confirmed to run on Intel HD Graphics (620 or higher) platform at this time. Microsoft is yet to test the same on AMD integrated graphics, and AMD mobile CPUs
When using Windows Mixed Reality headsets with dedicated graphics card, it runs at 90 Hz when the card is hosted in a PCIe 3.0 x4+ Link slot. The CPU needs to have a minimum of four physical cores and works with HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort 1.2 or higher graphics port. If your PC has USB 3.0 Type-C or Display Port connectors you will need to have a converter to HDMI 2.0. Moreover, the connectors will also need to support 90Hz or 60 Hz requirement.