Windows Mixed Reality has launched today with 4 VR HMDs, 2 more to come later and plenty of VR games and apps. Before you get an HMD though there are a couple of things you need to do. First is to download the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. If it’s not available for you yet don’t worry, the updates can take time to roll out worldwide so you should have it in the next couple of days. The next thing you have to do is make sure your PC is powerful enough to actually support Windows Mixed Reality. This is something I think Microsoft has done a bad job of explaining though, especially for gaming, so read the following carefully:

THE MINIMUM SPECS FOR WINDOWS MIXED REALITY ARE NOT THE MINIMUM SPECS FOR ALL THE GAMES! IF YOU WANT TO BUY WINDOWS MIXED REALITY FOR GAMING I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOUR PC AT THE VERY LEAST MEETS THE SPECS OF WHAT MICROSOFT CALLS “WINDOWS MIXED REALITY ULTRA PCs”.

In fact I would go further than that, I recommend that you have a PC with at least a 6th generation i7 CPU (or AMD equivalent), a GTX 980 or GTX 1070 (or AMD equivalent) graphics card and 16GB of RAM if you want to play the most demanding games available now along with those that will be released in the next couple of years. Having a big hard drive to store the games on is a good idea too.

Also be sure to have a minimum playspace of about 2m x 1.5m if you want to play room-scale games and experiences.

Here are the Windows Mixed Reality VR HMDs currently available and coming soon and below that some of the VR games currently available on the Windows Store:

HMDs AVAILABLE NOW

Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset

£399.99 (UK) / $399 (US) with motion controllers.

Acer Windows Mixed Reality HMD
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  • Two high-resolution liquid crystal displays at 1440 x 1440
  • 2.89″ diagonal display size (x2)
  • Front hinged display, so you can flip the headset up while working
  • Up to 100 degrees horizontal field of view
  • Display refresh rate up to 90 Hz (native)
  • Built-in audio out and microphone support through a 3.5 mm jack
  • Single cable with HDMI 2.0 (display) and USB 3.0 (data) for connectivity
  • Inside-out tracking
  • 4.00 m cable

 

Dell Visor

£429.99 (UK) / $449 (US) with motion controllers

Dell Visor Windows Mixed Reality HMD
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  • Two high-resolution liquid crystal displays at 1440 x 1440
  • 2.89″ diagonal display size (x2)
  • Front hinged display, so you can flip the headset up while working
  • Up to 110 degrees horizontal field of view
  • Display refresh rate up to 90 Hz (native)
  • Built-in audio out and microphone support through a 3.5 mm jack
  • Single cable with HDMI 2.0 (display) and USB 3.0 (data) for connectivity
  • Inside-out tracking
  • 4.00 m cable

 

HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset

£379.99 (UK) / $449 (US) with motion controllers

HP Windows Mixed Reality HMD
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  • Display Size – 7.34cm (2.89”) x2
  • Display Resolution – 1440×1440 per eye (2880×1440 combined)
  • Display Refresh Rate – 90Hz when paired with a Windows Mixed Reality Ultra-ready PC
    60Hz when paired with a Windows Mixed Reality-ready PC
  • Field of View – 90 degrees when paired with a Windows Mixed Reality-ready PC
    >100 degrees when paired with a Windows Mixed Reality Ultra-ready PC
  • Tracking Cameras – 2 front-facing cameras
  • Windows mixed reality motion controllers – Two controllers included
  • Audio Input/Output – 3.5mm combo audio jack
  • Cable Connection – 2-in-1 HDMI 2.0 + USB 3.0
  • Cable (Long) – 4.0 metres

 

Lenovo Explorer

£399.99 (UK) / $399 (US) with motion controllers

Lenovo Explorer Windows Mixed Reality HMD
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  • Two high-resolution liquid crystal displays at 1440 x 1440
  • 2.89″ diagonal display size (x2)
  • Front hinged display, so you can flip the headset up while working
  • Up to 110 degrees horizontal field of view
  • Display refresh rate up to 90 Hz (native)
  • Built-in audio out and microphone support through a 3.5 mm jack
  • Single cable with HDMI 2.0 (display) and USB 3.0 (data) for connectivity
  • Inside-out tracking
  • 4.00 m cable

 

AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 6TH

Samsung Odyssey

(Currently appears to be the best HMD.)

£TBA (UK) / $499 (US) with motion controllers

Samsung Odyssey Windows Mixed Reality VR HMD title(Click on pic for larger & less compressed image)

  • Resolution: 2880 x 1600
  • Display: AMOLED
  • Refresh rate: Up to 90Hz
  • Field of view: Up to 110˚
  • Headphones and dual array mics

 

AVAILABLITY TBA

ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset

£TBA (UK) / $449 (US) with motion controllers

ASUS Windows Mixed Reality HMD
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  • Two high-resolution liquid crystal displays at 1440 x 1440
  • 2.89″ diagonal display size (x2)
  • Front hinged display, so you can flip the headset up while working
  • 90 degrees horizontal field of view (subject to change)
  • Display refresh rate up to 90 Hz (native)
  • Built-in audio out and microphone support through a 3.5 mm jack
  • Single cable with HDMI 2.0 (display) and USB 3.0 (data) for connectivity
  • Inside-out tracking
  • 4.00 m cable

 

VR GAMES AVAILABLE NOW

The following games are all of the VR games currently available from the ones featured on the “Games & Entertainment” poster and the list will be updated if more of them are released this week. Click on their names to go to their 123KINECT pages to read articles with more info about them and click on their prices to go to their pages on the Windows Store to buy them.

Arizona Sunshine

£33.49 (UK) / €39.99 (EU) / $39.99 (US)

(Room-scale supported, but not required.)

Arizona Sunshine is developed from the ground up for VR. Step in the midst of a zombie apocalypse as if you were really there, freely move around and explore a post-apocalyptic world, and handle motion-controlled weapons with real-life movements – putting the undead back to rest is more thrilling and satisfying than ever before.

System Requirements

Minimum

Processor: Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD equivalent or greater
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 12 GB available space

Recommended

Processor: Intel Core i7 6700K equivalent or greater
Memory: 16 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 980 / AMD equivalent or greater
DirectX: Version 12
Storage: 12 GB available space

 

Dark Legion VR

£14.24 (UK) / €16.99 (EU) / $16.99 (US)

(Room-scale supported, but not required.)

Dark Legion VR is a first person shooter (FPS) and magic game. You can move freely and teleport yourself. All the scenes are open and free. Weapon system, huge battle scenes, advanced game level design, and smart AI, making you indulged in the game for a dozen hours.

Having played this game myself I can definitely recommend it as it’s a lot like playing Halo in VR!

System Requirements

Minimum

Processor: Intel i5-4570, AMD FX 8350 equivalent or better
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970, AMD Radeon R9 290 equivalent or better
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 12 GB available space

Recommended

Processor: Intel i5-4570, AMD FX 8350 equivalent or better
Memory: 16 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 980, AMD Radeon R9 290 equivalent or better
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 12 GB available space

 

Dreadhalls

£8.39 (UK) / €9.99 (EU) / $9.99 (US)

(Room-scale supported, but not required.)

Dreadhalls is a horror dungeon crawler for Virtual Reality. You will wake up in a scarcely lit dungeon. Find its exit, and avoid the creatures that dwell in it. Your only weapons will be stealth, your own courage, and a faint light that you’ll have to keep fed with oil, lest you want the darkness to engulf you. Dreadhalls is an intense and scary experience, not for the faint of heart. You have been warned!

System Requirements

Minimum

Processor: Intel i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350 (or equivalent)
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 (or equivalent)
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 12 GB available space

Recommended

Processor: Intel i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350 (or equivalent)
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 (or equivalent)
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 12 GB available space

 

Eternity Warriors VR

£12.49 (UK) / €14.99 (EU) / $14.99 (US)

(Room-scale supported, but not required.)

The uber successful action RPG franchise Eternity Warriors™ is slashing its way to virtual reality with ETERNITY WARRIORS VR. Bringing its signature cinematic over-the-top style of combat to the world of VR. Become one of 3 heroes as you take on devilish monsters and fight through a world of chaos to find out the truth of the Eternity Warriors.

Minimum

Processor: Intel® i5-4590, AMD FX 8350 equivalent or better
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 970, AMD Radeon™ R9 290 equivalent or better
DirectX: DirectX 11
Storage: 12 GB available space

Recommended

Processor: i7
Memory: 16 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1070
DirectX: DirectX 11
Storage: 12 GB available space

 

Fantastic Contraption

£16.74 (UK) / €19.99 (EU) / $19.99 (US)

(Room-scale supported, but not required.)

Fantastic Contraption is a surreal VR building game. Create life-sized machines as tall as you can reach, then send them whirling, flinging, and trundling off to solve puzzles on the other side of a floating island. Your task is simple: get the squishy purple ball to that goal off in the distance, or above you, or on the other side of that gap.

System Requirements

Minimum

Processor: Intel Core i5 4590 / AMD Ryzen 5 1400 3.4Ghz
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 290
DirectX: DirectX 11
Storage: 12 GB available space

Recommended

Processor: Intel Core i5 4590 / AMD Ryzen 5 1400 3.4Ghz
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 290
DirectX: DirectX 11
Storage: 12 GB available space

 

Floor Plan: Hands-On Edition

£4.99 (UK) / €5.99 (EU) / $5.99 (US)

(Room-scale supported, but not required.)

Floor Plan is a VR puzzle adventure game that takes place entirely inside an elevator. Go floor to floor, find items, and meet a bizarre cast of characters. Discover relationships between different things in the building and unlock its secrets. It’s the most fun you can have while stuck in an elevator.

System Requirements

Minimum

Processor: Intel Core i5 7200U (7th generation mobile), dual core with Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology enabled (or better)
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: Integrated Intel® HD Graphics 620 (or greater) DX12-capable integrated GPU
DirectX: DirectX 12 API, Hardware Feature Level 11
Storage: 12 GB available space

Recommended

Processor: Intel Core i5 4590 (4th generation), quad core (or better) AMD Ryzen 5 1400 3.4Ghz (desktop), quad core (or better)
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVidia GTX 960/965M/1050 (or greater) DX12-capable discrete GPU AMD RX 460 (or greater) DX12-capable discrete GPU GPU must be hosted in a PCIe 3.0 x4+ Link slot
DirectX: DirectX 12 API, Hardware Feature Level 11
Storage: 12 GB available space

 

FORM

£12.49 (UK) / €14.99 (EU) / $14.99 (US)

Form takes you on a journey only possible in virtual reality. Enter a surreal adventure where puzzles are built from dreams and memories. Solve the mystery behind an ancient artifact. Advance through a world that transforms around you. Transcend this existence.

System Requirements

Minimum

Processor: Intel™ Core™ i5-4590 or AMD FX™ 8350, equivalent or better
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290, equivalent or better
DirectX: DirectX 11
Storage: 12 GB available space

Recommended

Processor: Intel™ Core™ i7
Memory: 16 GB RAM
Graphics: GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 480, equivalent or better
DirectX: DirectX 11
Storage: 12 GB available space

 

Halo Recruit

FREE!

Take the first, small step into a virtual Halo world with Halo Recruit. This free training experience will introduce you to the characters, weapons, and universe of Halo through the power of Windows Mixed Reality. As a freshly minted UNSC recruit, you will learn to identify and fight terrifying alien combatants in this compelling exploration of what Halo’s virtual future might hold.

System Requirements

Minimum

Processor: Intel Core i5/AMD FX 4350
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: nVidia GTX 965M/AMD RX460
DirectX: DirectX 12 API, Hardware Feature Level 11
Storage: 12 GB available space

Recommended

Processor: Intel Core i7/AMD Ryzen 5 1600
Memory: 16 GB RAM
Graphics: nVidia GTX 1060/AMD RX580
DirectX: DirectX 12 API, Hardware Feature Level 11
Storage: 12 GB available space

 

Heroes Of The Seven Seas VR

£5.79 (UK) / €6.99 (EU) / $6.99 (US)

(Room-scale supported, but not required.)

Heroes Of The Seven Seas VR is about a pirate’s adventure in the 16th century. Player will be the pirate to start a stimulating journey with friends to seek after the legendary Seven Sea Artifact on the mysterious sea. Explore and conquer the pirate world in VR now. Time to command your pirate ship with VR.

System Requirements

Minimum

Processor: Inter Core i5 4590(4th generation)
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVidia GTX 970
DirectX: DirectX 11
Storage: 12 GB available space

Recommended

Processor: Inter Core i5 4590(4th generation)
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVidia GTX 970
DirectX: DirectX 11
Storage: 12 GB available space

 

inVokeR

£12.49 (UK) / €14.99 (EU) / $14.99 (US)

(Room-scale play-space required.)

inVokeR is a one versus one wizard dueling game for VR platforms. Challenge your friends in strategic magic combat, casting spells to turn the tide of battle!

System Requirements

Minimum

Processor: Intel™ Core™ i5-4590 or AMD FX™ 8350, equivalent or better
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX970, or AMD Radeon R9 290 equivalent or greater
DirectX: DirectX 11
Storage: 12 GB available space

Recommended

Processor: Intel™ Core™ i5-4590 or AMD FX™ 8350, equivalent or better
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX970, or AMD Radeon R9 290 equivalent or greater
DirectX: DirectX 11
Storage: 12 GB available space

 

Luna

£12.49 (UK) / €14.99 (EU) / $14.99 (US)

Luna is an interactive PC and VR fairytale. Solve puzzles in stardust and grow magical gardens in musical terrariums. Re-awaken shadowy forests and sparkling lakes, discover hidden creatures. Reunite the fragmented Moon so Bird can find its way home.

System Requirements

Minimum

Processor: Intel Core i5 7200U (7th generation mobile), dual core with Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology enabled (or better)
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: Integrated Intel® HD Graphics 620 (or greater) DX12-capable integrated GPU
DirectX: DirectX 12 API, Hardware Feature Level 11
Storage: 12 GB available space

Recommended

Processor: Intel Core i5 4590 (4th generation), quad core (or better) AMD Ryzen 5 1400 3.4Ghz (desktop), quad core (or better)
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVidia GTX 960/965M/1050 (or greater) DX12-capable discrete GPU AMD RX 460 (or greater) DX12-capable discrete GPU GPU must be hosted in a PCIe 3.0 x4+ Link slot
DirectX: DirectX 12 API, Hardware Feature Level 11
Storage: 12 GB available space

 

Minecraft VR

£22.49 (UK) / €26.99 (EU) / $26.99 (US)

Get right inside the world of Minecraft with virtual reality. Build, explore and battle mobs – do all the things you know and love – but from a fresh perspective. With a VR headset on, coming face- to-face with monstrous mobs takes on new meaning; creeping into dark caves inspires even greater trepidation thanks to 3D audio; and the light of a gorgeous sunrise seems to envelop you more completely.

System Requirements

Minimum

Processor: Intel Core i5 (7th generation) CPU, 2 physical cores with Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology enabled
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: Integrated Intel® HD Graphics 620 or greater DX12 capable integrated GPU
DirectX: DirectX 12 API, Hardware Feature Level 11
Storage: 12 GB available space

Recommended

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
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVidia GTX 965M/AMD RX 460 or greater DX12 capable discrete GPU
DirectX: DirectX 12 API, Hardware Feature Level 11
Storage: 12 GB available space

 

Skyworld

£30.99 (UK) / €39.99 (EU) / $39.99 (US)

(Room-scale supported, but not required.)

Classic strategy gameplay reimagined for VR. Skyworld combines accessible turn-based strategy and fast-paced real-time battles, all set in intricately animated miniature worlds. Build and command your forces right on the battlefield, conquer all Skyworlds and compete in online multiplayer. Plus, DRAGONS!

System Requirements

Minimum

Processor: Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD equivalent or greater
DirectX: DirectX 12 API, Hardware Feature Level 11
Storage: 12 GB available space

Recommended

Processor: Intel Core i7 6700K equivalent or greater
Memory: 16 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 980 / AMD equivalent or greater
DirectX: DirectX 12 API, Hardware Feature Level 11
Storage: 12 GB available space

 

Space Pirate Trainer

£12.49 (UK) / €14.99 (EU) / $14.99 (US)

(Room-scale supported, not required but definitely recommended.)

Remember those awesome 80s arcade cabinets? Imagine if those were immersive.. Space Pirate Trainer puts you inside the arcade game – fighting off relentless waves of droids with all the weapons and gadgets a Space Pirate would ever need. You had better dodge some of those incoming lasers though, since just using your shields won’t get you in the top rankings!

I’ve got this game and it’s a really cool wave shooter that I can definitely recommend to anybody who likes this sort of game. Plus it’s a great introduction to VR games if you’ve never played one before.

System Requirements

Minimum

Processor: i5
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: GTX 1050
DirectX: DirectX 11
Storage: 12 GB available space

Recommended

Processor: i7
Memory: 16 GB RAM
Graphics: GTX 1070
DirectX: DirectX 11
Storage: 12 GB available space

 

SUPERHOT VR

£20.99 (UK) / €24.99 (EU) / $24.99 (US)

SUPERHOT VR is the virtual reality version of the first person shooter where time moves only when you move. No regenerating health bars. No conveniently placed ammo drops. It’s just you, outnumbered and outgunned, grabbing the weapons of fallen enemies to shoot, slice, and maneuver through a hurricane of slow-motion bullets.

System Requirements

Minimum

Processor: Intel i5-4590
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290
DirectX: DirectX 11
Storage: 12 GB available space

Recommended

Processor: Intel i5-4590
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290
DirectX: DirectX 11
Storage: 12 GB available space

 

Tee Time Golf

£12.49 (UK) / €14.99 (EU) / $14.99 (US)

Tee Time Golf is the sequel to the top selling Xbox Indie Game Avatar Golf. You can experience the game as both a golfer and a course designer. In either mode, the ultimate goal is to level up and climb the leaderboards in order gain notoriety among your friends and peers. Or, you can just simply enjoy a fun and relaxing round of golf with your friends.

System Requirements

Minimum

Processor: Intel i3-6100 / AMD Ryzen 3 1200, FX4350 or greater
Memory: 6 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti / AMD Radeon RX 470 or greater
DirectX: DirectX 11
Storage: 12 GB available space

Recommended

Processor: Intel i5-4590 / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X or greater
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 1060 / AMD Radeon RX 480 or greater
DirectX: DirectX 11
Storage: 12 GB available space

 

There are actually more games available that weren’t on the “Games & Entertainment” poster, such as the room-scale VR snow fort building & battle game Snow Fortress and the VR stunt kite game Stunt Kite Masters. There will be too many VR games to cover them all on this website, especially when Windows Mixed Reality supports SteamVR later this year, so from now on I will just cover either games that I have played and think are worth highlighting or upcoming games that look particularly interesting. If there are VR games you want to know about that haven’t been covered then just let us know.

There are also loads of VR experiences available such as the impressive-looking ocean experience theBlu, apps such as Hulu VR and of course Microsoft’s recently acquired social VR app AltspaceVR, although I can’t actually find that on the Windows Store yet.

Now that Windows Mixed Reality VR HMDs are available have you bought one or are planning to buy one and if so which is your favourite? Or are you going to wait for Microsoft to bring VR to Xbox consoles, which judging by various employees’ recent comments might be a very long wait? Let us know in the comments below or create a discussion in our (PC) Windows Mixed Reality VR General forum and you can also talk about the VR games in our (PC) Windows Mixed Reality VR Games forum.

 

Images

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Source: Windows YouTube Channel, Microsoft Store