At the Build 2017 conference today, Microsoft announced that it will deliver mixed- reality experiences to consumers in general with the upcoming Windows 10 upgrade. Several third-party manufacturers including Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Asus are already working on their own Headsets for Windows Mixed Reality.
It has also been revealed that there will be controls for VR. Designed to pair with Windows Mixed Reality devices, the enhancements allow for better interaction in virtual 3D space.
Dubbed “Windows Mixed Reality” motion controls, they will be an optional add-on and work much like the Google Daydream VR control or the Samsung Gear VR control. They allow users to interact more naturally with games, entertainment experiences, and productivity and creativity tools.
Also, they do not require any extra hardware. That’s because, instead of depending on lights or markers that are stuck to the walls, the Mixed Reality device is growing. Using the external sensors already incorporated in the headset, Microsoft made the entire system without installation. You will not have to configure the environment around you before you start interacting with VR or AR.
This opens the way for Mixed Reality, which will be more closely integrated into Windows 10 later this year, through the update of Creators Update scheduled for the end of 2017. It will bring a variety of features for content editing and will also be dedicated to supporting Reality Native mixed. Thus, all Windows 10 PCs will be updated to support the controls.
There are two Mixed Reality devices being released to pre-order developers as of today. Those who live in the US and Canada can purchase the Acer model for US$299 or HP for US$329 at the Microsoft store. Delivery is expected to take place in late summer of 2017.
Sales of the Mixed Reality motion controls will kick off this holiday. Acer today announced that it will supply the accessories with its headset for US$399.