Immersive headset setup
This guide will help you set up a Windows Mixed Reality immersive headset with your Windows 10 PC.
What you'll need
- Windows 10 PC with the minimum recommended system requirements for immersive headset development.
- Install the Windows 10 Creators Update with Developer Mode enabled.
- Join the Windows Insider Program, and set up your PC to get new build at the 'Windows Insider Fast' pace.
- Compatible Windows Mixed Reality headset.
- Headphones with an in-line microphone, if needed (3Glasses headsets have speakers and a mic, but Acer and HP Windows Mixed Reality Development Edition headsets do not).
- We recommend either Insignia or Plantronics headphones.
- Certain headphones have separate headphone and mic plugs. For that, we recommend using an adapter. We recommend this adapter
- An input device, like motion controllers or an Xbox controller, paired with your PC.
- A large, clear space free of obstacles and tripping hazards.
Setting up your PC
If you are already on Windows 10 Creators Update
Go to Settings, then go to Update & Security, then select Windows Insider Program, Then sign up for Windows Insider and select Windows Insider Fast in the drop down to ensure you take advantage of the weekly regular update from Windows Mixed Reality.
If you are not yet on Windows 10 Creators Update
- Create USB Boot Key to get to the target Windows build directly from Windows Insider Preview Advanced Download
- Select "Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15063" or above, then select Language, then hit Download.
- Copy the downloaded file to a USB stick.
- Plug in to your PC, open the folder and run setup to install Windows. This upgrade path will also migrate any files and settings from your current PC.
- Once upgraded, Go to Settings, then go to Update & Security, then select Windows Insider Program, Then sign up for Windows Insider and select Windows Insider Fast in the drop down to ensure you take advantage of the weekly regular update from Windows Mixed Reality.
Make sure your USB cable is connected to a USB 3.0 port
- On most devices, USB 3.0 ports are either blue or some non-black color. Note: USB must supply a minimum of 900mA
- On a Surface Studio, this is the USB port marked with a lightning bolt.
- On certain gaming laptops the USB port is marked with the letters "ss"
- If your PC has a USB 3.0 Type-C port, you'll need an adapter to connect your headset.
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Setting up your space
First things first: choose the right space for your experience. If you're using your headset at room scale, you'll need plenty of room to move around, and you'll need to make sure there are no obstacles or hazards, including above you. Use good judgment: don't set up at the top of a staircase, under an extra-low ceiling fan, or right next to your grandmother's antique china hutch.
Even if you'll be using your headset at desk scale, you'll want to make sure there are no breakables or obstacles within arm's reach. Think this through first, before you get started with setup. And make sure you, and anyone else who uses your headset, reads and understands all of the safety guidelines.
Setting up your headset
Once you've got your surroundings squared away, plug your headset into the corresponding ports on your PC, both HDMI and USB 3.0. The Mixed Reality Portal app should automatically launch on your PC.
Before you put on your headset, you'll run through some steps in the Mixed Reality Portal app:
- PC check - We'll check your system to make sure it can run Windows Mixed Reality experiences. If your PC isn't compatible, we'll let you know what needs to change.
- Downloading - If your PC checks out, we'll download the other software needed to run your headset. Now might be a great time to go get a cup of coffee.
- Headset setup - We'll show your headset where the floor is to make your experience feel real, and (depending on your device) you might need to go through some additional setup. We'll guide you through all of this.
Setting up input devices
The best Windows Mixed Reality experience will be with Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers that support 6 degrees-of-freedom tracking using just the sensors in your headset - no external cameras or markers required!
Learn how to set up motion controllers.
Gamepad (Xbox 360 or Xbox One)
Bluetooth or USB enabled gamepads can be used to navigate the Windows Mixed Reality home and control some apps and games. We recommend an Xbox One controller which supports pairing via Bluetooth.
If your gamepad is wired and plugs in via USB, simply plug it into your PC to get started. If your PC recognizes the gamepad, it should work with your immersive headset.
If your gamepad supports Bluetooth, pair it via Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices.
Keyboard and mouse
A traditional keyboard and mouse can be used to navigate the Windows Mixed Reality home and control some apps and games, but is the least preferred option for doing so. It won't be easy to find and use your mouse and keyboard with an immersive headset blocking your view of the real world.
Your immersive headset should automatically work with the mouse and keyboard you already use to control your PC.
Putting on your headset
Get familiarized with putting on your headset. Depending on which headset you've purchased, you can adjust the fit system by pulling on a strap or turning a knob. Try to adjust the headband until the headset is comfortably and securely against your face.
While you're using your device, try to get the clearest image by moving the headset, up and down, left and right, to align the lens with your eyes. Progressive glasses are not recommended as they can make some parts of the display blurry.
Learning the basics
Now for the fun part: you'll put on your headset and we'll teach you a few basics:
- Meet Cortana - She'll be your guide in the mixed world.
- Your controllers - We'll give you a visual on those, with hints on what buttons to use.
- Teleporting - You can teleport to get around more quickly. We'll teach you how to teleport using controllers, but you can also use your voice.
- Selecting - You'll learn how to point to an app or other virtual object, and use then use your controller or voice to select it.
- Windows Mixed Reality home - Welcome to the Cliff House. It's beautiful, serene, and yours to customize with apps and holograms.
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