Computex 2017: All the big launches from Day 3

05 June, 2017, 08:05 | Author: Alicia Barber
  • Asus and Dell headsets

Further to the announcement of the development of Windows mixed reality headsets, Microsoft has today unveiled the first creations by Asus and Dell who have both created Windows mixed reality headsets that will shortly be available on the consumer market.

At this week's Computex 2017 tradeshow in Taipei, some of those hardware makers offered an early look at their headsets, which are slated to start hitting store shelves during the 2017 holiday season. The Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset Developer Edition is available for US$299, while the HP Windows Mixed Realty Developer Edition is available for $329. While we've already heard about some news about Windows 10 on ARM, and more about upcoming Windows 10 PCs from ASUS, Samsung, and Dell, Microsoft also used Computex to show off upcoming Dell and ASUS Windows Mixed Reality headsets.

The tech giant also outlined key areas of focus to inspire customers, increase momentum in the PC market with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, and spark emerging categories including Windows Mixed Reality, Windows and Azure solutions for the Internet of Things. One year later, a number of partners are ready with designs of their mixed reality headsets.

What that means is each Windows MR could have wildly different specifications from each other.

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Consumers can preorder Acer's Developer Edition headset for $299 in the United States from the Microsoft Store, and CAD $399 in Canada.

Note: I had the opportunity to try out the Acer HMD at Build 2017 in the Datascape demo and I was very impressed with the experience from how comfortable the headset was to the visual effects as I interacted with the 360 degree virtual environment. Adding to its Oculus-ready ROG gaming desktops and VR-ready Vivo PC X is a mixed reality headset with a futuristic design.

The headset is created to be powerful, HMD fast and very light with a six-degrees-of-freedom tracked motion controller. Sensors are equipped with the device to provide inside-out tracking and get rid of the necessity for external equipment. Mixed reality has to catch up with VR when it comes to consumer awareness and Dell plans on doing that with its new stylish white headset which is designed by the same team that makes their premium XPS and Alienware PCs. It includes a cable routing mechanism to keep them out of the way, and the visor flips up for easy visibility.


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