Windows Mixed Reality: What It Is and How to Try It Now

Ben Stegner 24-10-2017

If you’ve updated to the latest version of Windows 10 11+ New Features Coming to Windows 10 in 2017 The Windows 10 Creators Update is due in Spring 2017. We compiled the biggest updates and new features you can look forward to. Read More , you may have seen references to Windows Mixed Reality floating around. This name sounds confusing — is it virtual reality, augmented reality Augmented vs. Virtual Reality: What's the Difference? Augmented reality. Virtual reality. Mixed reality. What are all these "realities" and how are they going to impact you over the next few years? Here's everything you need to know. Read More , or something else?


The answer is a bit of a mix. Microsoft calls this experience Mixed Reality because it’s a hybrid of several technologies. A fully immersive game falls under virtual reality, while another that uses your real surroundings (like in a business environment) is augmented reality.

But it all comes through Windows 10 and can work on various hardware types.

Several manufacturers will soon release Mixed Reality headsets, starting around $350. When wearing a headset, you can access everything on your PC that you normally would, but you use an Xbox One or new touch controller to control it.

Essentially, Mixed Reality provides another screen for you to access your PC with, as well as support for virtual and augmented reality. It’s a component of Windows that scales to all kinds of uses, from work environments to plain fun.

You can find out whether your PC is ready for Mixed Reality with a quick test. Download and open the Windows Mixed Reality PC Check app from the Windows Store. Click I agree once it’s ready, and the app will perform a quick check to see if your PC can support this feature.


Windows Mixed Reality: What It Is and How to Try It Now Windows 10 Mixed Reality Test

Here, you’ll see what’s preventing your PC from running Mixed Reality, if anything. A red X means the component will not work at all, while a warning exclamation point signifies this device hasn’t been confirmed to work yet. Click Learn more about compatibility for more information. Note that Mixed Reality requires the Fall Creator’s Update, so don’t worry if you see an X next to Operating system. That update will roll out soon.

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Is your PC ready for Mixed Reality? Do any of its possible uses sound interesting to you? Share what you think in the comments!

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  1. dragonmouth
    October 25, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    "Windows Mixed Reality: What It Is"
    Microsoft cannot differentiate between what is real and what is wishful thinking on their part.

  2. David Martchouk
    October 24, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    So if these mixed reality headsets let me see my room and multiple monitors running videos and games, does that mean HTC Vive and Oculus cannot do that? This feature is one of the most exciting for me regarding VR, being able to be immersed straight from turning on the computer till I turn it off, rather than clicking here and here and here on a monitor before I put on a headset. I want to put on my headset, press the power button, and voila Windows 10 is loading in front of my eyes (even cooler if there is a loading animation stretching across the room), so that I would never need a mouse or keyboard to launch apps.