Mixed Reality vs Mixed Reality ULTRA – What’s the difference?

Essentially the experiences for both are very similar however if you have the horsepower you will be given a few more features as well as an improved visual experience – the version you experience depends on your PC hardware (see below).

With Windows Mixed Reality Ultra, you get some additional capabilities and features:

  • Crisper visuals and a higher refresh rate (90 frames per second).
  • More apps and experiences—including the highest-performance games.
  • A ‘’mirror’’ window on your desktop that shows what you see in mixed reality.
  • Record and share videos (as well as photos) of your mixed reality experiences.

So how do you ensure that you get an ULTRA experience?

Microsoft have released the following guidelines in terms of PC hardware:


  • Larger laptops (with screens of at least 15”) perform best.
  • Hybrid graphics configurations are compatible only with a Windows Mixed Reality Ultra setup. The hybrid system’s discrete card must meet the same specifications listed above for Windows Mixed Reality Ultra.
  • Different headsets may require different hardware ports, so make sure your PC has the correct ports or port adapters to connect to your headset:
    • PCs with USB 3.0 Type-C ports require a USB 3.0 Type-C to HDMI 2.0 adapter and a USB 3.0 Type-C to USB 3.0 Type-A adapter.
    • PCs with DisplayPort require a DisplayPort to HDMI 2.0 adapter.

See here for any updates to these guidelines

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