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Acer's and HP's new Windows 10 Mixed Reality dev kits won't work well with many VR-ready PCs

Last October, Microsoft announced that its partners would be launching virtual reality headsets for users on a budget. Today, the company announced that development kits from Acer and HP are available for pre-order, starting at $299 and shipping in August.

Beginning with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, the system requirements for using these headsets will be a dual-core Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, along with Intel HD Graphics 620 or better. However, those aren't the requirements for the development kits.

For the head-mounted displays that will ship in August, the recommended specs include a hexa-core Intel Core i7, or a hexacore AMD Ryzen 7 1700. Of course, the headsets will work with lesser specs, but it's worth noting that many VR-ready PCs don't meet the system recommendations.

Other specs that are recommended are a GTX 980/1060 or an AMD Radeon RX 480 (2GB) or greater. You'll also want to have at least 16GB of RAM and 10GB of free storage.

USB 3.0 will be necessary for connectivity with the headset, and Bluetooth 4.0 for accessories. HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort 1.2 is required for 90Hz headsets, but for 60Hz, you can use HDMI 1.4 or DisplayPort 1.2.

The recommended specs for the HP and Acer HMDs are the same, but you can check out the Acer here and the HP here.

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