Microsoft Steps Up Move Into Virtual-Reality Market

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Microsoft, which spent years developing HoloLens [pictured above], the company's own take on an augmented-reality headset that projects images into the environment of the wearer, last year opened up a portion of the software behind that device to other developers.

"You'll be ready to code new mixed reality experiences out of box with a headset and a Windows 10 Creator's Update PC that meets our recommended hardware specifications for developers", Microsoft explains to developers. We created the controllers as a high quality and comfortable input device with the same ease of set up and portability as our headsets. Additionally, Microsoft announced that Acer will sell a Windows Mixed Reality headset in a $399 bundle with the new motion controllers. That includes the Daydream controller from Google and Oculus controller for the Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift. They appear similar to Oculus Touch and HTC Vive controllers, except they don't require any external sensors, beacons or cameras.

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The two headsets announced so far, from Acer and HP, will cost $299 and $329 respectively. In addition to that, it also revealed the first motion controllers for Windows Mixed Reality.

Of course, the true test of these controllers will be putting them to use with a paired headset. Developers can pre-order them now from the Microsoft Store and delivery, in the USA at least, will start in the summer.

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