Microsoft's bid to bring Windows mixed reality to the masses is taking shape with a raft of affordable PCs. Windows Mixed Reality, however, will be compatible with new integrated graphics card PCs that are capable of supporting a minimum frame refresh rate standard and start at $499. It's also worth noting that support is what makes these headsets worth it, so choose wisely when purchasing such expensive equipment.
That means that Microsoft's headsets won't just be there to use a VR version of Excel. The headset and motion controller bundles will start at $399. Aside from the price, the Windows platform has a few features that make it stand out from SteamVR and the HTC Vive and Facebook's Oculus Rift.
"Mixed Reality is the future, and we want everyone on the journey with us", said Kipman.
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Windows Mixed Reality Ultra PCs: will consist of desktops and laptops with discrete graphics.
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.
Clunky, tethered headsets and the lack of a "killer app" have dissuaded all but hard-core gaming enthusiasts from buying virtual reality headsets, leading to slashed industry forecasts and lowered prices. "Along with our partners, we are committed to making mixed reality affordable". But I am, of course, curious to see how things develop. When the Creators Update actually arrived in March this year, however, those VR capabilities were only visible if you enabled developer mode; they were there for developers, but not for the general public.
For comparison, when Oculus first launched, the goggles cost around $700 and ran on large PCs priced at around $1,000. Microsoft motion controllers give off a bit of a disco ball vibe as they're tracked by a number of shining embedded LEDs that convey the controllers' exact positioning to the headset. Microsoft has, and the ease of use that results is probably the clearest differentiating factor it has from the broader competition.