Shipping VR Headsets By End Of March, Says Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)

Posted March 03, 2017

There has been speculation regarding whether the company will offer VR headsets support for Scorpio, but Microsoft has not yet replied to this.

To start, however, every Windows 10 PC will support mixed reality by the end of 2017, and subsequently, Microsoft equipment manufacturers like HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer will begin selling VR headsets that start at $299.

Microsoft's Mixed Reality technology is the same tech that powers its Hololens augmented reality headset. Gesture tracking, another key pillar of the HoloLens experience, is also missing from the Acer HMD. And more recently, and more obviously, today's announcement about mixed reality never once used the term "Windows Holographic".

The devkit will include access to Windows 10 Insider preview builds and the SDK to enable developers to build mixed reality applications.

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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. Meanwhile, those interested in learning more about developing for mixed reality or about future dev kit availability can find more information on the Windows developer site. Developers can use the high-fidelity headset while creating their mixed reality experiences. He's referring to taking real-life scanned items and putting them in VR, versus taking virtual things and floating them in the everyday world (AR). Kipman added that VR headsets like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are also capable of mixed reality.

For example, an MR headset might take the boundaries of your room and put you in a castle with a room of the same size.

The headset connects up to your PC via HDMI 2.0 and USB 3.0, with a built in set of headphones and a microphone through a 3.5mm jack.

At the Game Developer's Conference 2017 in San Francisco, Microsoft revealed a few important plans to push its blended reality platform.