Windows Mixed Reality Headsets Run SteamVR

Microsoft is taking a big step forward with its plan to conquer virtual reality

Microsoft's 'mixed reality' headsets are a bit of a mixed bag

The company also hopes that the ubiquity of the Windows operating system will result in developers producing a rash of new content for its mixed reality gear.

Games like Obduction and Superhot VR will also be supported on Windows Mixed Reality headsets, along with content from partners such as Hulu and Sky VR.

Three headsets will be available to buy before the year is up, one from Dell, Acer, and HP. Currently, Steam is focused on consolidating its positions as a one-stop shop where e-sports fans can find top-tier content compatible with any major PC-based headset. Notably during a 30-minute play session with the headset on a Mixed Reality Ultra-specced PC (with a 1080 GPU no less), it was hard to notice any obvious issues with the headset's lower-quality LCD displays. 343 Industries says that fans shouldn't expect Halo 6 to be announced soon but the developer is clearly hard at work on the next entry. "We are on a mission to help empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more, and one of the ways we are doing that is through the power of mixed reality".

Another Windows 10 VR headset has been revealed over at IFA, and this very smart-looking offering from Asus joins the Dell Visor which was unveiled at the show earlier this week.

Prices of Windows MR headsets vary from $299 to $399, with some slight differences in build quality and ergonomics while technically they remain pretty much identical.

Microsoft's line of headsets is being manufactured by a variety of hardware partners ranging from Acer to Lenovo, and they are priced from US$399 for a headset and motion controller bundle. Let us know your thoughts down in the comments.

Though the headset will be available in the U.S.in coming months for $449.99 Dollars as a package deal (about $560 CAD) or $349.99 (about $430 CAD) and $99.99 ($125 CAD) for the headset and controllers respectively, Canadian availability is yet to come.

Windows Mixed Reality Ultra PCs: will consist of desktops and laptops with discrete graphics.

Both configurations will support today's immersive video and gaming experiences such as traveling to a new country, exploring space, swimming with dolphins, or shooting zombies. The Asus Windows Mixed Reality headset - that will ship with controllers in the box - weighs only 400 gram and a balanced crown design that ensures an even distribution of weight on the forehead, to reduce pressure on the nose and face. "We are not providing specifics right now", continues Kipman, "but it is going to be a lot of fun to work with [343]". Unlike the Dell Visor, the Taiwanese OEM's "immersive real-world and virtual experiences" product still doesn't have an actual name. The visor can be flipped up in a quick and easy manner for when the user wants to return to reality. Room-scale VR games get you up and moving, and it's not uncommon to break a sweat while playing an active game.

That all said, you will look like an alien wearing this thing.

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