Microsoft to launch low-end mixed-reality headsets in December

Microsoft to launch low-end mixed-reality headsets in December

At Microsoft’s big Windows 10 event held earlier this week in New York City, mixed-reality technology grabbed some of the spotlight, even though the biggest attraction at the event was the launch of the company’s Surface Studio desktop computer.

Mixed-reality technology came to the fore at the event when Microsoft announced that it has efforts underway to launch affordable, low-end VR (virtual reality) headsets in December 2016.

According to the announcement, Microsoft’s low-cost mixed-reality headsets will be brought to market via the company’s Windows Holographic platform. The cost of the headset -- to be powered by Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update scheduled for launch in spring 2017 -- will likely be $299.

The Windows Holographic platform was initially scheduled to be opened up by Microsoft to its partners in June, with the company having said that it plans to introduce new headsets, other than its HoloLens headset, "in months, not years."

With the Windows Holographic shell – which makes Windows 10 apps appear as either 2D or 3D – having been revealed by Microsoft in August, Windows chief Terry Myserson has now stated that new VR headsets powered by Windows 10 will use “inside-out six-degree-of-freedom sensors;” and will thus be capable of tracking their own position with internal sensors, thereby eliminating the requirement of base stations and dedicated VR spaces.