Microsoft Mixed Reality Headsets: Price, Release Date & More

Muriel Hammond
October 4, 2017

During an early hands-on with a developer version of the Acer headset, for example, we were able to step into a digital room where we could sit at a digital desk and interact with Microsoft programs such as Word, watch videos on a big screen and more.

Microsoft made this announcement at a small press event in San Francisco today.

Intel says it's planning to deliver a Windows Mixed Reality experience for the Winter Olympics next year. Instead, Microsoft hopes to use the Altspace VR team to build up its own mixed reality community.

Microsoft said it will bring Halo to its Windows Mixed Reality headsets later this month. If the listing is anything to go by, Samsung's Odyssey Mixed Reality headset will cost $500 and will be released on November 6th.

Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset
Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset

PC makers Dell, HP, Acer and Lenovo also will be making VR headsets created to work with Windows 10 machines.

The Redmond, Washington-based company invited the media to a Windows Mixed Reality event in San Francisco.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) acquires virtual reality social network AltspaceVR.

If you're keen on finding out what the fuss is about, you can get one of the many Windows Mixed Reality headsets that are coming out this holiday season, and make sure your PC has the latest Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. However, refresh rate is 90Hz on all headsets. You can also get alternatives from Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo from today and have them shipped starting October 17. Microsoft's immediate focus is on its growing mixed reality software and partner device ecosystem, which includes a range of products, from simpler augmented reality (AR) experiences to more immersive mixed reality and full-blown virtual reality. Microsoft's goal here is to foster an integrated mixed reality ecosystem that all feeds back into Windows 10. The built-in headphones are also unique to Samsung's headset. We've definitely preferred having them on the Oculus Rift, compared to the HTC Vive and PlayStation VR, which require you to plug in additional parts. The Oculus Rift with built-in headset and motion controllers looks exceedingly similar to what Samsung has here.


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