Windows Mixed Reality VR Headsets Shipping This Month, Dev Kit with Acer Hardware

Microsoft shipping acer mixed reality headsets to developers with dev kit in March
Mixed Reality headsets from Acer; Microsoft shipping dev kit in March 2017

Microsoft has announced that it will begin shipping its Mixed Reality (MR) headsets with developer kits later this month, as revealed by Microsoft Technical Fellow, Alex Kipman.

“When we begin the phased rollout of the developer kits this month, the kits will include the Acer headset, along with documentation and access to Windows 10 Insider preview builds and the software development kit (SDK) to enable developers to build mixed reality applications.”

The product is called Acer Windows Mixed Reality Development Edition, and the headset comes with two high-resolution LCD displays with resolutions of 1440×1440, a display refresh rate of up to 90 Hz, 3.5mm microphone jack, built-in audio out and a single cable with both HDMI 2.0 and USB 3.0 connectivity for display and data, respectively.

MR content from Microsoft is expected to make its way into the Xbox Scorpio that’s coming out next year, so this product release for developers should give them a head start on creating new apps and games that bring the mixed reality experience to Xbox users.

Microsoft has given out “golden tickets” to attendees of the Windows MR session at Game Developers Conference, and these developers will be the first to receive the developer edition headsets from Acer this month, said Kipman.

Mixed Reality is Microsoft’s version of augmented reality, where real-world environments form the foundation for virtual objects and characters that are superimposed on them.

The best example of mixed reality or augmented reality would probably be Pokémon GO, which allows the user to see their actual surroundings, virtually rendered, with the addition of gameplay elements bringing the “virtual” part of the mixed reality experience.

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