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Computex 2017: Microsoft showcases Windows Mixed Reality headsets

05 June 2017, 08:02 | Ricardo Garza

Microsoft reveals Dell and Asus Windows Mixed Reality headsets

Peter Han VP Partner Devices and Solutions at Microsoft shows the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro publicly for the first time during Microsoft’s Computex 2017 keynote

The platform features an operating environment-native to Windows 10 devices-that essentially allows compatible headsets to run any Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app. Microsoft says that a staggering 20,000 UWP apps are already available for Mixed Reality headsets. Last fall, Microsoft announced that it was working with its hardware partners on headsets with prices starting at $299.

Some of the companies that showed off new mixed reality headset designs at Computex 2017 include Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, and Lenovo. Microsoft says in their blogpost that the headset was designed with an ergonomically adjustable strap that can be adjusted with a single hand. Microsoft detailed that this headset is crafted by the Dell XPS and Alienware design team, meaning that the "stylish white headset is uniquely focused on user comfort".

In addition, Acer will sell a $399 bundle later this year that contains their Mixed Reality Headset and the motion controllers.

Microsoft's partners, including Acer, Dell, ASUS, HP, MSI, Lenovo, Samsung, Panasonic, Huawei, and Toshiba, are all manufacturer thin laptops, ruggedized tablets, gaming PCs, and 2-in-1's to the market and they announced their devices at Computex 2017.

Microsoft maintains that its Mixed Reality headsets will be available as early as holiday season. It has replaceable cushions for a custom fit and a weight balanced headband that is centered on the user's head for long-term comfort. Like the rest, it has built-in sensors for inside-out tracking and a simplified setup. And like all mixed reality headsets for Windows 10, it features inside-out tracking, which negates the need for external motion sensors such as the HTC Vive's Lighthouse tracking system.

"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.

Confirmed prices and release dates have not been revealed as yet but we should get this information at some point later this year.

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