Published: Fri, March 03, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jose Becker

Microsoft Bringing Mixed Reality To The Xbox

Microsoft Bringing Mixed Reality To The Xbox

Terry Myerson, the Windows and Devices Group chief at Microsoft says there is a reason the words Mixed Reality are incorporated.

At GDC this week, the company revealed that the first mixed reality headset will be shipping to devs later this month. A year ago the tech giant promised to create a low-priced Windows virtual reality headset, which could be used alongside Windows 10 PCs.

Microsoft kicked off the availability of Acer's Windows 10 VR headset to developers by bestowing a "golden ticket" to developers that attended its GDC 2017 keynote, good for one of those very devices "in the coming months".

The Acer kit will be priced at $299 and Microsoft aims to have commercially available headsets from Asus, Dell and Lenovo by the end of the year.

According to Computerworld, the new Windows mixed reality budget headsets are supposed to stand out from the crowd because of their support for "inside-out" tracking and their lower price.

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Microsoft had already announced in 2016 that the company would produce VR headsets that could be paired with the Windows 10 desktops that were running on the Windows Holographic shells. Some of us had been wondering when and if Microsoft would bring HoloLens and VR headset support to Scorpio. Much like the way Valve opened up its development process for the Vive to a wider market of hardware developers, Microsoft has partnered with a few firms to held seed the market for augmented reality hardware and content.

The developer kits will include the headset, documentation and access to Windows 10 Insider preview builds and the software development kit to allow developers to create mixed reality apps. A single HDMI 2.0 cable and USB 3.0 cable are sufficient, reports The Next Web.

Before any of these use cases become consumable by the masses, Microsoft and its developers will have to test, test, and test every experience to ensure experience quality, as well as application and operating system security.

Microsoft's dev kits are targeted at game developers, because to Microsoft that's exactly what these headsets are for. That makes PlayStation VR the most popular high-end VR headset to date.

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