Today Microsoft has held an event focused on the upcoming Windows 10 update, Creators Update, but the announcements also included plans for virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) technology. In a surprise reveal the Redmond-based company has unveiled new VR head-mounted displays (HMDs) that will be manufactured by a range of companies.
Microsoft’s Terry Myerson said on stage: “With the Creators Update our partners including HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus and Acer will be shipping virtual reality headsets. These headsets will be the first an only to ship with inside out, six-degrees of freedom sensors. Unlike every other virtual reality headset on the market today, this means there will be zero need for a separate room, zero need for a complicated setup. And while those less immersive accessories today cost over $500 (USD) sometimes requiring a new expensive device, we are announcing today that the Creators Update accessories will start at just $299.”
The presentation showcased how users will be able to create a virtual room which can be personalised with their favourite Microsoft programmes, such as Skype and the newest version of Paint. There was also the option to use the HoloLens app Holo Tour – normally MR – in VR to go to places like Rome, Italy.
Microsoft hasn’t yet released the specs for the VR headsets, computer requirements or when the HMDs are likely to be available. The Creators Update is due to launch in Spring 2017, so around that time is the best guess so far.
As Microsoft reveals further details on its VR and MR plans, VRFocus will bring you the latest announcements.