Microsoft made a few announcements at their Windows Mixed Reality event, including some new headsets, a release date and more.
Windows Mixed Reality Headsets
So when exactly can you start to get your hands-on a Windows Mixed Reality headset? Well, starting October 17th, you’ll have a few to choose from:
- Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset
- Dell Visor
- HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset
- Lenovo Explorer
- Samsung HMD Odyssey
The headsets listed above, are available for pre-order now from the Microsoft Store, they ranged from $549 CAD to $649 CAD. The recently announced, Samsung HMD Odyssey, coming on November 6th for $649 CAD ($499 USD).
The Samsung HMD Odyssey has dual 3.5-inch AMOLED displays, AKG 360-degree Spatial audio and a 110-degree field of view. The headset will come with a pair of motion controllers.
To be able to use Mixed Reality, you’ll need the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update which will be available starting October 17th. As for required specs, see the image below.
SteamVR for Windows Mixed Reality
Microsoft says there are more than 20,000 apps in the Microsoft Store (the new name for Microsoft’s app store) that are compatible with Windows Mixed Reality. Some popular VR games such as Superhot, Space Pirate Trainer will be coming to the Microsoft Store.
Also coming on October 17th is Halo: Recruit, which introduces people to the world of Halo in mixed reality.
The company also announced that developers can gain access to the Windows Mixed Reality SteamVR preview so they can test out their apps and games. Consumers will be able to use SteamVR in Windows Mixed Reality this holiday via a preview program.
AltspaceVR joins Microsoft
Microsoft also announced that they have acquired, AltspaceVR. For those unfamiliar, AltspaceVR is a social platform for virtual reality. It’s available in over 160 countries and the users are able to attend meetups, comedy shows and more. The platform will also be available for Windows Mixed Reality users when it launches.