Windows Mixed Reality headsets are a new capability added to Windows 10 version 1709.
Microsoft’s range of headsets are similar to the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and many manufacturers are selling bundles that include touch controllers.
The primary difference between the HTC Vive / Oculus Rift and Windows Mixed Reality is that the headsets do not require separate sensors.
Microsoft uses movement tracking (six degrees of freedom) without the need for traditional external sensors placed throughout a room. The headsets have cameras and sensors to track the motion controllers.
Microsoft has picked the Windows Mixed Reality name because it believes the experiences of virtual reality and augmented reality (HoloLens) will eventually blend together. It remains to be seen how much Microsoft will maintain separate products given the market desire for a simple standard.
We expect lower priced hardware will become readily available later in 2018 as manufactures design new devices.
USB 3.0 will be needed to handle the bandwidth needed for the controllers. An Intel i5 or better processor and at least 8GB of memory will be needed. Integrated graphics are still largely under powered for VR.
- Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset
- Dell – Visor Virtual Reality Headset and Controllers for Compatible Windows PCs
- HP – Mixed Reality Headset and Controllers