Windows Mixed Reality Headsets to Arrive in Time for the Holidays

Jun 05, 2017, 08:04
Windows Mixed Reality Headsets to Arrive in Time for the Holidays

Han spoke about a diverse mix of Windows 10 devices that take advantage of new capabilities such as enhanced inking, built-in game broadcasting, and advanced security all captured in lovely hardware designs.

We've known since last year's Computex that Microsoft is working on mixed reality (MR) devices and has been over the year joined hands with HP, Acer, Dell, Asus, and Lenovo for headsets.

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While solid specs or pricing information aren't available for either headset just yet, the company today revealed Asus' headset which sports an interesting low-poly front cover panel.

So far, the only specification details we know about come from HP and Acer, the two companies that have made their headsets officially available for preorder.

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Lastly, Lenovo is also looking at an affordable mixed reality Windows headset that Microsoft says will give a "truly immersive, beyond-the-screen mixed reality experiences". And like all mixed reality headsets for Windows 10, it features inside-out tracking, which negates the need for external motion sensors such as the HTC Vive's Lighthouse tracking system. From new business models like dynamic story bundling and cloud, to expanding the ecosystem into new areas like Cortana-enables speakers and head-mounted displays along with motion controllers for mixed reality, devices are creating new opportunities for partners. Developers will be able to pre-order the headsets from Acer and HP through the Microsoft Store. While we've already heard about some news about Windows 10 on ARM, and more about upcoming Windows 10 PCs from ASUS, Samsung, and Dell, Microsoft also used Computex to show off upcoming Dell and ASUS Windows Mixed Reality headsets. The Dell headset offers innovations such as comfortable cushions, weight balanced headband, cable routing to free the user from dangling wires and, a flip-up visor, all of which have been designed for greater user comfort. Like the rest, it has built-in sensors for inside-out tracking and a simplified setup.

Microsoft's planned roll out of a whole suite of VR headsets continues with the revelation of designs from Dell and ASUS.

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Acer and HP will start shipping their first developer kits this August for $299 and $329 respectively. The company has been reluctant to confirm a release date, so experts believe the company will take its time to flawless the device.

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