MR ready laptop?

Updated on July 6, 2018 in  [G] Say Hello!
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4 on June 21, 2018

Hi everyone,

If money was not an issue, would anybody be able to point out a single laptop that is HoloLens ready (and also IHMD ready) for all MR/AR/VR development with Unity 2018?

I know it’s a bit of a silly question, but if you won the lottery, what would you buy for yourself right away, so you would never worry about using all the new Unity features and plugins and downloads and MRTK and Vuforia and Oculus software, etc…?

Thanks

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0 on June 21, 2018

Build a desktop computer if you can. They’re cheaper and easier to upgrade than a laptop.

However, if you’re willing to trade some versatility for portability, then I recommend something from the MSI lineup. Personally I use the MSI Apache Pro for portable VR, but it is lacking in USB ports, so Oculus is a bit tricky sometimes if you need an extra port for a controller or something.

If you want THE VR laptop, then something like the Titan may be what you want. 2 1080 cards, this thing will outlast any XR title to date.

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2 on June 22, 2018

razer blade 2018

 

But the HoloLens is like a mobile device in terms of performance, so you won’t need a special laptop, just one with win10.

 

on July 6, 2018

True!  However, I always come across the following that makes me think we have to consider some additional requirements when dealing with HoloLens:

In the BIOS, the following features must be supported and enabled:

 – Hardware-assisted virtualization

 – Second Level Address Translation (SLAT)

 – Hardware-based Data Execution Prevention (DEP)

Can I assume that in 2018 and onward, every high-end laptop you buy (like MSI or Alienware) must fulfill these?

Wise
on July 6, 2018

I have been working with the HoloLens since the launch, have used different machines, some old laptops, some new high end laptops and desktops. Never encountered problems on the hardware side of things.

I think you will be fine with almost all ‘modern’ hardware. But I always suggest to buy a high end pc/laptop because then you can keep using it for a few years without upgrades.

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