Microsoft to Start Shipping Windows Mixed Reality Development Kits in March

Microsoft to Start Shipping Windows Mixed Reality Development Kits in March

Microsoft doesn't have its own VR headset.

The company already announced previous year that it partnered with leading device makers including Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and 3Glasses on a wide range of headsets that pair with Windows Mixed Reality-ready PCs. This month, Microsoft will begin shipping developer edition headset, the company announced.

Microsoft didn't go into details about its plans for the game console; the company has said in the past that it wants "Project Scorpio" to be VR-capable. Unlike Microsoft's HoloLens, these devices aren't cordless and don't have see-through visors. Gesture tracking, another key pillar of the HoloLens experience, is also missing from the Acer HMD. With it, developers will gain access to Insider preview builds of the Windows 10 Creators Update, which can be used to build games and tools that combine virtual and augmented reality with the physical world. Developers in attendance at Microsoft's GDC mixed reality presentation today received vouchers that will get them units within the next few weeks. He's referring to taking real-life scanned items and putting them in VR, versus taking virtual things and floating them in the everyday world (AR).

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The package will include the Acer headset and the software development kit (SDK). That makes PlayStation VR the most popular high-end VR headset to date. This means that the processing power is coming from your PC and not the headset - where the more powerful the PC, the better the experience will be. We're unifying the mixed reality ecosystem around a platform that enables shared experiences and interoperability between headsets.

To speed up that process though, anyone who attended the Game Developer Conference with a Microsoft golden ticket will be getting one for free. It features not one but two high-res displays at 1440×1440, refresh rate of 90Hz, a 3.5mm jack along with HDMI 2.0 and USB 3.0.

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