Published: Thu, August 31, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Consumer Windows 10 Mixed Reality Headsets Launching From $350

Consumer Windows 10 Mixed Reality Headsets Launching From $350

As such, all Windows Mixed Reality headsets will be capable of running existing Steam VR content.

Internally, it sports the same specs as other mixed reality headsets.

HP, Lenovo, and Acer are three other companies working on headsets.

The new mixed reality headsets use the so-called "inside-out" system. The new Windows-compatible headsets detect the position of the hand controllers based on the lights and the sensors inside those controllers. In addition to being thousands of dollars cheaper than HoloLens (which technically isnot a consumer device), the mixed reality headsets were created to be tethered to a PC.

Microsoft's bid to bring Windows mixed reality to the masses is taking shape with a raft of affordable PCs.

Easy setupExisting high-end VR headsets with external cameras are cumbersome to set up.

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The Windows Mixed Reality Headset (yes, that's its actual name), which we first read about back in late-May, has a pretty cool design, featuring "hundreds of 3D polygons and a glossy tone-on-tone effect". While we don't know how many exclusive apps and games Microsoft is planning to launch its MR platform with, it's a safe bet that it'll be nowhere near what Oculus already has in its library. The Visor headset (US$359) and the Visor Controllers (US$99) will also be sold separately when they launch in the US on October 17.

This reveal came as part of a broad push to put Windows Mixed Reality in the limelight at the start of IFA 2017, Europe's largest consumer electronics show. When plugged into these devices, the headsets will run at 90 frames per second. This should dramatically improve the gaming experience on the platform.

Sean appears suitably impressed by the button-strewn devices, which offer precise control over objects in the Windows Mixed Reality environment, particularly when used in pairs.

One of Microsoft's primary messages recently is that developers are on board the Windows Mixed Reality bandwagon and will be working to make immersive experiences for the platform. "We are not providing specifics right now", continues Kipman, "but it is going to be a lot of fun to work with [343]". Bringing the best of virtual and augmented realities together, the kind of productive activities that can be applied are near endless. The controllers have a visor that you can flip up, enabling you to see your surroundings and if you want to immerse in a session of VR, a flip will be all that is required.

There is more in store for this holiday and I look forward to sharing more details with you in the coming weeks!

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