Windows Mixed Reality is the first spatial operating system. Instead of using a flat screen and a 2D interface, it uses our instinctual ability to navigate three-dimensional space. Every place has a purpose, and content has context. Just as your PC starts at the desktop interface and your phone begins with a home screen, Windows Mixed Reality starts at the Mixed Reality home. It's an environment that you can navigate and personalize to make your own. It's the canvas for the thousands of apps available in the Microsoft Store or SteamVR. You can multitask with these apps like never before--in 3D where space is almost limitless.
Windows 10 and Windows 11 powers Windows Mixed Reality on variety of headsets across a diverse set of PC hardware. The power of your PC will determine what experiences you can have. With higher end PCs, you get some extra capabilities and features:
- Crisper visuals and a higher refresh rate.
- More apps and experiences—including the most graphics-intensive games.
- A ‘’mirror’’ window on your desktop that shows what you see in mixed reality.
- Record and share videos and photos of your mixed reality experiences.
- A Windows Mixed Reality head mounted display (HMD).
- A Windows Mixed Reality compatible PC running Windows 10 Version 20H2 or later or Windows 11.
- A reliable internet connection.
- Display, USB, and Bluetooth adapters (if not pre-built into HMD or PC).
- Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers, an Xbox gamepad, or a mouse and keyboard.
- Headphones and microphone (if not pre-built into HMD or PC).
- A large, open space to support your virtual room boundary.
If your PC supports Windows Mixed Reality, you can install and set up Windows Mixed Reality.
This tutorial will show you how to install and set up Windows Mixed Reality for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.
When you install and setup Windows Mixed Reality, it will add a Mixed reality page to Settings
Open the Mixed Reality Portal app.
Click/tap on Start setup and check your PC. (see screenshot below)
Click/tap on I agree. (see screenshot below)
If your PC supports Windows Mixed Reality, click/tap on Next. (see screenshots below)
Connect your headset to your PC's USB 3.0 or USB 3.1 port and HDMI out port. Do not put on your headset yet. (see screenshot below)
You will now see a Getting ready to set you up message on your screen with a spinning icon. This should only take a few moments. (see screenshot below)
A separate meet your headset window will open to learn about the connected headset.
You will now learn about and set up your motion controllers.
Do step 10 (all experience) or step 11 (seated and standing) below depending on how you want set up your room boundary.
If you choose Seated and standing during headset setup or later, you use your headset without a boundary. You need to stay in one spot when using the headset to avoid physical obstacles and tripping hazards. You can sit down or stand up, but you shouldn't move around. Keep in mind that obstacles might be overhead and around you.
If you choose All experiences, you set up a boundary, and can use apps and experiences that work with and without a boundary. Some apps might be designed to work with a boundary. Those apps might not work or provide the same experience if you use them without a boundary.
Set me up for all experiences (also known as room scale) will allow you to walk around the room and is the most immersive mixed reality experience. We recommend you at clear at least five foot x seven foot (1.5 meters x 2 meters) of space for mixed reality.
If you make a mistake while tracing your boundary, you can click/tap on Start over.
Set me up for seated and standing (also known as desk scale) experience will work at your desk. It's a good option if your space isn't large. It also means that you'll be using your headset without a boundary. You'll need to stay in one place, as you'll have no boundary to help you avoid physical obstacles. Some apps and games aren't designed to be a boundary experience, so they might not work as intended.
Click/tap on Use Speech. (see screenshot below)
It will now finish up on some downloading if needed. (see screenshot below)
When finished, you will now be able to click/tap on the Play button to use Windows Mixed Reality with your headset and motion controllers. (see screenshots below)