The Windows Holographic First Run app is has been released for Windows Insiders to help users benchmark their computers in preparation for the coming wave of Windows VR headsets. What is interesting about the benchmark is that the requirements are surprisingly low, and appear to only ask for integrated graphics.
According to Microsoft, the minimum requirements for running the mixed reality experience are 4GB RAM, a four thread processor (either quad-core or dual-core with Hyperthreading), and a DirectX 12 capable GPU.
Windows Holographic is the app that works the Hololens, and is designed to provide a mixed reality experience instead of full virtual reality. This may explain the reduced requirements over other VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. Especially if all it does it cater to the Windows Holographic interface that was revealed back in October.
For now, Windows Holographic with work with the HTC Vive. It looks like the Oculus Rift is being left out due to the lack of room tracking capabilities. Interestingly, Microsoft partners are set to release cheaper VR headsets around the same time that the Windows 10 Creators Update drops; and that should increase the number of options for enjoying the VR experience.
[Source: Ars Technica]