What is Mixed Reality?

When Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality collide…
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What is Mixed Reality?

Get ready to explore new worlds

You’ve probably heard of virtual reality. Mixed Reality takes things one step further by combining the virtual world with your own real-life surroundings. Read on for all you need to know…

What is Mixed Reality?

Mixed Reality combines virtual reality with augmented reality. Examples of augmented reality you may already know include the popular mobile game Pokémon Go, and Snapchat face filters. These apps add virtual objects to the real world to transform what you see before you. Mixed Reality does this, and more on a grander scale.

If you’ve ever watched the Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report, set in the year 2054, you may remember the scene in which Tom Cruise’s character is seen swiping virtual holograms. Mixed Reality is the closest you’ll come to being able to replicate that moment in your home.

Wear a mixed reality headset, and you’ll be able to bring interactive holograms into the real world. These holograms look and sound as if they’re physically in front of you. Think of them like virtual touchscreens. You can swipe at them, and pinch to zoom using handheld motion controllers that react to your every movement.

With Mixed Reality, you’re not just a spectator. You can manipulate virtual worlds as if they were inside your home.

What can you do with Mixed Reality?

Mixed Reality brings you all the benefits of VR and augmented reality in one device. So you can watch movies, play immersive VR games, and enjoy a host of experiences.

Get a Windows Mixed Reality headset, and you can download a range of apps from the Microsoft Store. Play some of the most highly rated Steam VR games such as Superhot VR, and Minecraft, and ride rollercoasters from an exhilarating and lifelike first-person viewpoint. More experiences are being added all the time.

You can even transform your living room into a space that looks like your own private cinema. It does this with a virtual overlay, or filter to transform your own living space. Your home becomes your own virtual hub, or interactive playpen.

What do I need to get started on Mixed Reality?

You’ll need two things – a Windows Mixed Reality ready PC, and a headset. Don’t worry about the handheld motion controllers - these should come bundled with your chosen headset.

When choosing a desktop PC or laptop, you’ll need one running Windows 10, with an Intel Core i5 processor, and 8 GB of RAM at the very least. It’ll also need to be Mixed Reality compatible (if so, it’ll have a blue Windows Mixed Reality badge on it). There’s a wide range of PCs and laptops to choose from at Currys. In fact, you’ll find everything you need to get started with Windows Mixed Reality here.

Is your existing PC Mixed Reality ready?


If you’ve already got a Windows PC and want to find out if it’s Mixed Reality ready, you can see the full list of minimum requirements on the Windows Mixed Reality Guidelines page. Alternatively, you can download the Windows Mixed Reality PC Check app onto your PC - it’s a handy tool for letting you know if your PC is compatible or not. If it is, you’re ready to enjoy a whole new world that’s waiting to be explored.

Will you be stepping into the world of Mixed Reality? Have you already experienced it? Let us know in the comments below.

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