How to Experience Windows Mixed Reality Without a Headset

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Typically, you'd need a Mixed Reality (MR) headset in order to get a taste of Microsoft's new MR content in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. But if you don't own such hardware, you can simulate it with just your computer.cover and step 18 604.5403

But in order to run MR, you'll need a machine with at least the following: a dual-core Core i5-7200U CPU with Hyper-Threading Technology enabled, 8GB of RAM, 10GB of storage space and an Intel HD Graphics 620 integrated GPU.

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What can you do in the MR simulation? At the moment, you can walk around in a virtual house reminiscent of PlayStation Home, and possibly experience Windows apps such as Edge, Skype and Photos. I say possibly because they didn't always open for us when we right-clicking our mouse, even though that's how it's supposed to work.

You'll use the W, A, S, and D keys to move directionally, and the arrow keys to rotate your view. Make sure you hold Shift while you move, as the walking speed is slower than a dial-up modem.

Here's how to unlock the headset-free version of Mixed Reality Portal:

1. Click the Start button.

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2. Click the Settings gear.

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3. Click Update & Security.step 3

4. Click For developers.step 4

5. Select Developer mode.step 5

6. Click Yes.step 6

7. Click in the Search field in the task bar.step 7

8. Type "mixed reality portal."step 8

9. Select Mixed Reality Portal.step 9

10. Click Get started.

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11. Click I agree.step 11

12. Click Set up simulation (for developers) after you discover if your hardware supports the experience.step 12

13. Click Set up.step 13

14. Click the Tools icon in the bottom left corner.step 15

15. Turn the switch under Headset to the On position.step 16

16. Click the Tools icon to hide the panel.

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You've got Windows' Mixed Reality Portal running without a headset! Click Win+Y to switch controls between keyboard and display.

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After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.
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