Microsoft to Ship Consumer VR Headsets This Holiday Season

Microsoft to Ship Consumer VR Headsets This Holiday Season

Microsoft has achieved this by essentially giving you a VR headset with a mounted, front-facing camera.

Microsoft rebranded its Windows Holographic tech recently, to Windows Mixed Reality, and announced that other manufacturers would be creating their own headsets for PC.

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Microsoft didn't go into details about its plans for the game console; the company has said in the past that it wants "Project Scorpio" to be VR-capable. Microsoft HoloLens team leader Alex Kipman told CNet that mixed reality involves taking real-life scanned items and placing them in virtual reality (VR). Gesture tracking, another key pillar of the HoloLens experience, is also missing from the Acer HMD.

The future Windows Mixed Reality headsets will cost $299 and will pair with compatible Windows Mixed Reality-ready PCs starting at $499.

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According to officials of the company, Microsoft is also planning to bring the MR content to Xbox devices, along with the Project Scorpio by next year.

This news is especially significant since the software giant is now shipping Windows Mixed Reality headsets (previously known as Windows Holographic headset) to developers. Any user can head to their local game store, purchase an Xbox One and delve into its depths in order to develop and ship games for the console. The SDK is a core element in the offering, allowing developers to build mixed reality applications. That makes PlayStation VR the most popular high-end VR headset to date. One of those partners is Acer and it's come along so much, that we could see it launch its first iteration of its AR headset in March. She says, "We use this term mixed reality to represent this spectrum of augmented reality to virtual reality and everything in-between". That means Windows 7's share of the desktop operating market actually increased a bit, leaving Windows XP's slight decrease as the only real positive for Microsoft. The announcement was made during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

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