Report: Microsoft’s Affordable VR Headsets Will Work with More Modest Computers


When Microsoft revealed their own virtual reality headsets in October, they announced they would be much more affordable than competitors’ sets. Now, it appears they also won’t stress users’ computers too greatly.

The Verge reports that even a modest PC will be able to use the forthcoming headsets, with minimum requirements of only 4GB of RAM, a USB 3.0 port, a DirectX 12 compatible video card, and “4 CPU cores, including dual-core processors with hyperthreading.”

The headsets will be made by a handful of companies including Acer, Lenovo, and more. “At any rate, that means practically anyone with a midrange PC and at least $300 to spare for a headset can jump right on the VR bandwagon without burning a hole through their pockets,” The Verge’s Tom Warren states.

The question, however, is with such low system requirements, what apps and games will run smoothly on these sets in comparison to pricier competitors like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.