Friday, 3 March 2017

Microsoft announces Acer made Mixed Reality Developer Edition headset

Back in October, Microsoft at the Windows 10 event announced that it will bring affordable Windows 10 compatible Mixed Reality headsets to the market starting at $299 (Rs. 20,000) in partnership with HP, Lenovo, Dell, Acer, Asus and 3Glasses.

On Thursday, Microsoft at GDC 2017 (Game Developers Conference) in San Francisco announced that it will start shipping the development kits for Windows Mixed Reality (previously named Windows Holographic) created in partnership with Acer starting this month.

The developer kit will include Developer edition of Acer headset, documentation and access to Windows 10 Insider preview builds and SDK (software development kit) to enable software and game developers to build software for the platform.

Acer's Windows Mixed Reality Development Edition headset features two 1440 x 1440 pixel LCD displays with refresh rate up to 90 Hz. It also has built-in audio out and microphone support via 3.5mm jack, HDMI 2.0 (display) and USB 3.0 (data). There's also a camera in the front, along with built-in sensor for inside-out tracking.

For the uninitiated Mixed reality is a blend of virtual and augmented reality to produce new environments, where physical and digital objects co-exist and interact in real time. 

Read More:  Microsoft reveals Windows 10 Mixed Reality minimum PC specs 

Microsoft is yet to announce the price of the development kit. The company also plans to bring mixed reality experiences to other platform including Xbox One and Project Scorpio in 2018.

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