Asus' Windows Mixed Reality headset will be priced at €449

Microsoft is taking a big step forward with its plan to conquer virtual reality

The hardware will require a compatible PC, but Microsoft says that new PC models that support these headsets will be available starting at $499. A large OEM like Acer can exploit economies of scale in ways that neither HTC or Oculus can, to say nothing of companies like HP and Dell. It's simply the Asus Windows Mixed Reality Headset.

The device will form part of the group of headsets made in collaboration with Microsoft, with Lenovo soon expected to to join Dell, Acer and HP, who have already revealed their devices.

Sean also reports the controllers are not completely comfortable to use, but this is likely something which will vary from hand-size to hand-size.

And now that Microsoft is using the phrase to broadly describe its augmented and virtual reality efforts, Mixed Reality is being used to advertise a wide range of products built for Windows 10. Microsoft did hint at some upcoming tech that would widen the scope of applications that mixed reality is capable of.

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The Windows Mixed Reality Headset (yes, that's its actual name), which we first read about back in late-May, has a pretty cool design, featuring "hundreds of 3D polygons and a glossy tone-on-tone effect".

Microsoft's headsets seek to reduce the stress by placing the head-tracking systems into the headsets, eliminating the need for any external sensors. "Along with our partners, we are committed to making mixed reality affordable". When the Creators Update actually arrived in March this year, however, those VR capabilities were only visible if you enabled developer mode; they were there for developers, but not for the general public. They'll also be able to mirror the headset's picture on-screen so that bystanders can watch what you're seeing in VR.

Mixed reality has big potential to revolutionize industry with the ability to help train new workers and to bring gaming into your home in a new way.

Ultra PCs are notebooks and desktops equipped with discrete graphics, which should yield a smoother experience overall.

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Microsoft still hopes it can put the "reality" into virtual reality sales. Customers can choose the PC that's right for them i.e. Windows Mixed Reality PCs and Windows Mixed Reality Ultra PCs.

However, some things have changed since Microsoft's price confirmation. In other words, Microsoft has to prepare for an intense competition.

One of those developers, Microsoft said, will be 343 Industries, the developers of the Halo series of games.

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