ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset Details And Price Confirmed

HTC Vive

Windows Mixed Reality needs some software to make it an attractive proposition and what better library for entertainment than Steam?

But the bigger sales pitch is both ease of set up and compatibility with less powerful computers, both of which Microsoft hopes will draw new fans to its Windows Mixed Reality platform.

The Inspiron 15 7000 features Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060 discrete graphics, which allows it to meet Microsoft's "ultra" mixed reality category since it enables playback on VR headsets at 90fps.

The news comes buried towards the bottom of a more general report from Microsoft technical fellow Alex Kipman, providing an update on the company's mixed reality services as a whole.

Pricing is important: Acer's headset, for instance, will be available for $299 without the controllers, undercutting the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. This holiday season, a range of mixed reality headsets and motion controllers are coming from big name PC makers like HP, Lenovo, Dell, and Acer. Aside from the price, the Windows platform has a few features that make it stand out from SteamVR and the HTC Vive and Facebook's Oculus Rift.

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As for the actual PCs, Microsoft has broken them down into two designations: Mixed-Reality PCs and Mixed-Reality Ultra PCs.

In addition, Steam content will run on Windows Mixed Reality headsets, giving owners access to a robust catalogue of virtual reality games and experiences. Users will be required to have a compatible PC that supports the Mixed Reality portal app on Windows 10 and it is connected through a single USB Type-C connector. Choose from a wide selection of great content and immerse yourself in a new reality, with you at the center of everything. And all of these headsets are supposed to be affordable. No matter what monitor or HMD you buy, your games will run on them no matter where you get them from.

Sean appears suitably impressed by the button-strewn devices, which offer precise control over objects in the Windows Mixed Reality environment, particularly when used in pairs.

Microsoft is also promising that the new headsets will be more accessible than their high-end rivals by being as close to plug-and-play as possible. But I am, of course, curious to see how things develop.

Microsoft says that these PCs will start at $499. In other words, Microsoft has to prepare for an intense competition.

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