Acer Dev Edition Mixed Reality Headsets Ship This Month

The Xbox head also opted to give little details about the upcoming console's price, but hinted that consumers could look forward to a "premium" price range for the product since it is being developed for the "premium gaming customer".

Launching the developer program is part of Microsoft's overall push to get developers to build apps for Windows Mixed Reality devices, including the Acer headset, plus other devices from ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and 3Glasses. The Taiwanese Microsoft hardware partner, best known for its notebooks and other devices, will contribute the Acer Windows Mixed Reality Development Edition headset.

A lucky few developers will be able to get their hands on a low-priced Windows virtual reality headset starting this month.

"Windows Mixed Reality" is Microsoft's new name for the "Windows Holographic" platform, but the technology is more generally known as augmented reality.

Microsoft is giving more flexibility to users with the latest Windows 10 Creators Update. The company's desire is to put onto the Xbox One family of devices mixed reality content.

Kipman demoed what is said to be the prototype of the Xbox mixed reality headset. No external sensors are required to use one of these headsets.

In this battle between major consoles, it is always a good marketing strategy to say that a certain console supports native 4K or upscaled 4K. Alternatively, phone-based headsets like the Samsung Gear VR are more portable, but often lack horsepower, positional tracking, and an easy method of control. By using it, anyone can create Universal Windows Platform games and integrate Xbox Live features in them. The tech giant also confirmed that the Xbox Scorpio will also be getting a version of the Microsoft HoloLens tech.

It features two LCDs, audio and microphone support through a 3.5mm jack, and a single cable with USB 3.0 and HDMI ports. This should mean Acer's headset is far cheaper, but does suffer from the problem of wired tethering to a desktop.

  • Arturo Norris