How to enable and setup Mixed Reality simulator in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

If you have an actual VR headset like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, it is easy to explorer the virtual reality world. However, those headsets are expensive and the price make sense. With the launch of the Fall Creators Update, you are able to use the Windows Mixed Reality simulator to experience the similar things for that and have your normal peripherals to control the movements.

By default the Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) simulator is not available in Windows 10. You have to enable developer mode and tweak some related settings to get it. The mixed reality apps run like any other app instead of in a virtual machine.
* From your desktop, tap or click on the Windows button at the left-bottom to open the Start menu.
* Select the Settings app from there.
* Click Update & security category, and click on “For developers” tab in the left side.
* Go to the right side pane, check on Developer mode box, and click Yes button to confirm that.
* Type Mixed Reality Portal in the Windows Search box or Start menu, and select the top one from result.
* Click the Get started > I agree option to continue.
* Go to Set up simulation (for developers) > Set up.
* Click the Tools button, and move the switch under Simulation to turn it on.

Now you are simulating a 3D environment. If you try to run the app and get the “something went wrong and we couldn’t start Windows Mixed Reality” error, go to turn the “Let apps use my Microphone to on. Because disabling the option with Microphone will mess up MR Simulator.

To navigate in the WMR simulator, click and drag your mouse to look around, as well as press the W A S D keys from keyboard to move in 3D space.

More and more consumer-grade mixed reality headsets will be released on the market and they also offer the better experience in Windows 10.

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