Microsoft roundup: VR acquisition, Halo: Recruit launch date, new Samsung headset

Kerry GarnerOct 04, 2017

We'll have more details later today from San Francisco where Microsoft is showing off its mixed reality devices. At the moment this appears to be the most extravagant Windows Mixed Reality HMD yet revealed. Additionally, Microsoft is teaming with Steam to bring VR games to Windows Mixed Reality headsets by the holidays.

Microsoft is hoping that it can make VR headsets as simple as PC monitors - you just plug one in, and it works, with no additional setup, and no worry about whether your friends' devices are compatible with yours.

october 17 will see the launch of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update that will push this era of Microsoft mixed reality live. A company spokesperson appeared, in virtual reality, at Microsoft's special Mixed Reality event in San Francisco this morning. Finally, the company unveiled two new programs to get the tech in the hands of consumers: a Windows Mixed Reality SteamVR preview for developers, and a new mixed reality experience created in the Halo universe to give consumers a chance to test out the devices in Microsoft Stores with a beloved gaming property. The Dell Visor and the HP MR headset are priced at $449, while the Acer and Lenovo Explorer will sell for $399. Microsoft's goal here is to foster an integrated mixed reality ecosystem that all feeds back into Windows 10.

Samsung is yet to confirm when this product is going to be announced but chances are that we might hear about it later today at Microsoft Mixed Reality event. This is cheaper than the HTC VIVE and on par price-wise with the Oculus Rift now that the summer sale is over.

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AMOLED technology generally offers far deeper blacks than the LCD panels every other PC manufacturer is building into their headsets, which can be quite useful for a realistic VR experience. "You'll see several iconic characters in mixed reality for the first time".

As you might expect from a free title, Halo: Recruit isn't meant to be in-depth.

'It's the first spatial operating system - complete with a library of content that will inspire you, and a portfolio of the best, easiest to use and most affordable headsets paired with the most powerful motion controllers'.

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