Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

Microsoft Reveals Dell and Asus VR Headset Designs

Microsoft Reveals Dell and Asus VR Headset Designs

Microsoft on Wednesday showcased innovative Windows Mixed Reality headsets designed with the help of partners like Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo at the Computex technology expo in Taipei, Taiwan. The main differences will lie in the hardware as well as the design of the headsets. The platform features an operating environment-native to Windows 10 devices-that essentially allows compatible headsets to run any Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app. Microsoft says that a staggering 20,000 UWP apps are already available for Mixed Reality headsets. Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, and Lenovo signed on to develop HMDs to complement Microsoft's push into immersive computing.

Microsoft delved into key areas of focus that it believes will inspire customers, increase momentum in the PC market with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and finally stimulate merging categories including Windows Mixed Reality and Azure solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Dell, on the other hand, is going for a more affordable consumer mixed reality headset so as to reach a larger audience.

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Consumers can preorder Acer's Developer Edition headset for $299 in the United States from the Microsoft Store, and CAD $399 in Canada. Lenovo's headset includes built-in sensors for inside-out tracking, and a rather basic design. Adding to its Oculus-ready ROG gaming desktops and VR-ready Vivo PC X is a mixed reality headset with a futuristic design. The ASUS headset, for example, features "a unique polygonal 3D cover panel" that can't be seen when the headset is worn.

The headset is created to be powerful, HMD fast and very light with a six-degrees-of-freedom tracked motion controller.

Microsoft has confirmed that Dell is developing a white Windows Mixed Reality headset that has been designed by the company's Alienware and XPS design teams. Inside-out tracking enables the device to accurately keep track of its position relative to its surroundings without the aid of external sensors and other tracking devices. Dell's headset includes a weight balanced headband, replaceable cushions, cable routing, and a flip-up visor. We do know they will likely cost anywhere from $299 and up just based on the pre-order (US and Canada only) availability of the Acer ($299) and HP ($329) headsets from the Microsoft Store.

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