When Microsoft teased their Windows Mixed Reality headsets we were under the impression the devices would work even on low-end PCs with integrated graphics.
Somewhere along the line, the specs morphed to require Core i7 processors and DX12 graphics cards.
If you happen to have one of the super-cheap $300 headsets and want to try it out on your equally cheap PC or laptop, there is a registry edit available which will let you bypass the minimum hardware spec checks and least give you a taste of the experience.
Here are the steps:
- Open the Registry Editor and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Holographic\FirstRun (you can paste that into the address bar at the top).
- Create a new DWORD (32-bit) value (either via Edit or context menu) and give it a name of AllowFailedSystemChecks.
- Double-click that value and set its data to 1.
- Restart Mixed Reality Portal and click Next on the hardware check screen you were previously stuck at.
Of course, the minimum specs are there for a reason, presumably to guarantee adequate performance, which is important when things like lag can give you vertigo and nausea, so use the hack at your own risk.