The release of Microsoft's latest operating system has got us thinking about Windows 11 VR performance and support. VR has been an increasingly popular way of consuming games, media, and other content. So it makes sense that the latest version of Windows would offer support for it. Right? Right?
We know that Microsoft claims that Windows 11 will be the best Windows ever for gaming. They've certainly added some game-friendly features - Auto HDR, DirectStorage, and Xbox Game Pass integration, in particular. But that doesn't necessarily translate to support for VR. Let's find out exactly what Windows 11 VR performance is like.
Does Windows 11 Support VR?
Don't worry, you can definitely still play VR on Windows 11. Given the increasing popularity of VR, it would make no sense to produce a new OS that wasn't capable of running it. Specifically, Windows 11 makes use of something called Mixed Reality, to provide the best possible VR experience. Mixed Reality existed on Windows 10, but has been updated and improved for Windows 11.
Mixed Reality is just one version of VR, but it will allow players to access the contents of the SteamVR library, including notable titles such as Half-Life: Alyx, and Star Wars: Squadrons. Plus other games that don't have a colon in the title.
If you want to check whether your computer can support Mixed Reality VR, Microsoft recommends using the Mixed Reality Portal to make sure your PC can run it. IF you can run Windows 11, there's a good chance you'll be fine.
But what about the leader in the VR sector, Oculus? We'll explore that next.
Windows 11 Oculus Compatibility
Oculus ran perfectly well on Windows 10. But at the time of writing, there do seem to be some teething problems with compatibility between the Quest 2 and Windows 11 PCs.
Some Oculus users were playing on Windows 11 during the Beta testing period and reported no issues with it. More recently, however, gamers who have updated to the release version of Windows 11 have been on the Oculus community message boards complaining about how badly the Oculus Link cable works. Complaints have included a 30% drop in frame rates during games, stuttering, and other significant problems.
At this early juncture, it may be that there are some issues. There is no reason to expect Oculus to be incompatible with Windows 11.