Microsoft Pushes Forward with Mixed Reality

Posted on October 3, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 36 Comments

At a special event today in San Francisco, Microsoft announced a number of milestones for its Windows Mixed Reality platform. Key among them: Windows Mixed Reality headsets are now available for pre-order.

“We are standing at the threshold of the next revolution in computing,” Microsoft’s Alex Kipman writes. “A revolution where computers empower us to expand our capabilities and transcend time, space, and devices. A revolution where we immerse ourselves in virtual worlds of our choosing and we accomplish seemingly impossible things while making lasting memories with the people we love.”

Jumping back to earth, here’s what Microsoft announced today:

Samsung is on board. Samsung has joined the list of hardware makers that will ship Windows Mixed Reality headsets this holiday season.

Windows Mixed Reality headsets are here. The first generation Windows Mixed Reality headsets are now available for pre-order. These include:

Microsoft has purchased AltSpaceVR. Described as one of the pioneers in VR, AltSpaceVR is key to Microsoft’s goal of building a community around mixed reality.

SteamVR is coming to Windows Mixed Reality. Last month, Microsoft revealed that SteamVR was coming to customers with Windows Mixed Reality headsets. Starting today, developers can access a Windows Mixed Reality SteamVR preview.

And … that’s it.


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