Windows Mixed Reality Headsets Shipping To Developers This Month

Randall Craig
March 2, 2017

The company also announced that Windows Mixed Reality experiences will come to the "Xbox One family of devices" - including Project Scorpio - in 2018.

Acer is the first to show its hand, with the Acer Windows Mixed Reality Developer Edition, as revealed at the Games Developer Conference in San Francisco this week. It has five - last year, Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo all signed on to make wearable screens for Windows PCs. There has been speculation regarding whether the company will offer VR headsets support for Scorpio, but Microsoft has not yet replied to this. I was walked through a virtual apartment, which featured walls peppered with Windows Mixed Reality apps. No external sensors are required to use one of these headsets.

Microsoft's budget Windows mixed reality headsets will reach developers by end of the month. But the graphic I used in my own article literally says "Welcome to Windows Mixed Reality!"

Although the Xbox is the obvious selling point for Microsoft's mixed reality ventures, the company is also making an obvious play at professional designers, creative hobbyists, and businesses willing to experiment with virtual, augmented, and mixed reality business use cases.


More: How well does your system handle VR? Meanwhile, those interested in learning more about developing for mixed reality or about future dev kit availability can find more information on the Windows developer site. The new headsets will work with HoloLens apps, display Windows Universal Apps, even launch traditional Win32 programs in a single "desktop" window - and the wider field of view means there's no hunting around the room to find each one.

Mixed reality blends real-world and virtual content into hybrid environments where physical and digital objects coexist and interact. This video was originally released by the Microsoft HoloLens crew back in December, but remains relevant today.

Engadget reported that the headset has two high-resolution displays at 1440 x 1440, a display has a refresh rate of up to 90 hertz, a 3.5mm jack for a built-in audio support in addition to HDMI 2.0 and USB 3.0 for interfacing with the PC.

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