Microsoft reveals Dell and Asus Windows Mixed Reality headsets

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05 June, 2017

Whether or not this all works out as planned remains to be seen, but in the meantime, some of Microsoft's partners have already offered up mixed reality headsets for preorder. It was the first to show off a headset, which it started shipping to developers back in April. The release date is scheduled for August 2017.

Earlier this month, at Microsoft's Build 2017 developer conference, HP and Acer opened pre-orders for their new Windows Mixed Reality dev kits, quickly followed by 3Glasses. Han highlighted a diverse mix of Windows 10 devices that take advantage of new capabilities such as enhanced inking, built-in game broadcasting, and advanced security all captured in handsome hardware designs. The Lenovo headset includes "built-in sensors to enable inside-out tracking and simplified set-up to let users move around more easily". The most interesting of these headsets comes from Asus with a super cool polygonal 3D visor on the front.

The head strap also appears slightly different, now with "comfortable cushions that can be replaced for a personalized experience", which weren't shown on the prototype model that appeared at CES.

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"Asus is engaged with Microsoft to make this HMD fast, powerful, and ultra-light with a six degrees of freedom (DOF) tracked motion controller, for an incredible, immersive MR experience", Microsoft says. Once again, the styling is overall similar to the others, but with a white color scheme sets it apart. Microsoft says that the headset will be available by the holiday. Sensors are equipped with the device to provide inside-out tracking and get rid of the necessity for external equipment.

"Together, we are building new experiences for customers, generating demand, and ultimately creating growth in existing and new categories including mixed reality, the Internet of Things, and Always Connected PCs with Intel and Qualcomm", said Nick Parker, corporate vice president of consumer devices and sales at Microsoft, in his Wednesday keynote at Computex, one of the largest gatherings of PC OEMs in the world. We also suspect it will have the same or similar specs to both Acer and HP. Microsoft doesn't mention whether Asus' headset will be available later this year, so it's possible it might not arrive until 2018.


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