MICROSOFT HAS ANNOUNCED that the first Windows 10 Mixed Reality kits will start shipping to developers this month
Last year, Microsoft opened up its Windows Holographic platform - now officially named 'Windows Mixed Reality' - to hardware and software makers, in a bid to get more firms building mixed reality devices, apps, displays and PCs that allow people to interact with virtual objects superimposed on the physical world.
At GDC this week, the company revealed that the first mixed reality headset will be shipping to devs later this month.
The Acer-built headset (pictured above) features two 1440x1440 resolution displays which offer a refresh rate of 90Hz, a 3.5mm audio jack, HDMI 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, and inside-out tracking, which lets you have positional tracking without the need for external sensors.
This tracking tech will be a feature of all Windows Mixed Reality headsets, with the firm promising that there are devices to come from the likes of Dell, HP and Lenovo.
Acer's headset supports mixed reality experiences on PC for now, but Microsoft announced that future devices would soon be coming to the Xbox, including its upcoming Project Scorpio console, in 2018.
"We can't wait to see what our developer partners build with our expanding platform, which currently delivers more than 20,000 Universal Windows applications, including mixed reality apps and games as well as the ability to stream Xbox games to your Windows 10 PC," Microsoft said in a blog post.
"Not only will you enjoy spectacular, immersive experiences, but also the things that you do most with your Windows PC - in mixed reality."
Back in January, Microsoft confirmed to the INQUIRER that its homegrown HoloLens augmented reality (AR) headset has only sold "thousands" of units since it went on sale in November.
That doesn't mean the next-gen HoloLens will be coming anytime soon, though, with Microsoft last month confirming that a sequel won't arrive until 2019. µ
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