The VR Market has been booming since the last few years with the release of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and the much anticipated PlayStation VR. Microsoft have now announced their they do not plan to build their own headsets but will rather team up with other manufacturers that use their motion controllers.
These controllers were introduced at the Build 2017 keynote by Microsoft and they seem to be different than most regular motion controllers. Microsoft’s controllers do not have an external camera like other motion controllers but are fully tracked by the use of the camera in the headset. This will have significant effects on the experience as it would make the tracking much more smoother.
These motion controllers will come bundled together with a lot of different headsets including two new ones that were also announced at the keynote by HP and Acer. There are going to be a couple of different VR headsets that will have the Microsoft touch in them for compatibility with Windows 10 and other software.
One of the announced headsets, the Acer Mixed Reality Headset, is available for pre-order (only the developer edition) for $299 but it includes no controllers. It is likely that one will ship with two controllers later down the line as the release date draws near.
HP Mixed Reality Headset (also a developer edition) retails for $329 with no controllers. There has been no news about a non-developer version release date or pricing but it will be available soon.
With Xbox One Scorpio coming later this year, it could very well be possible that it could utilise of these headsets for gaming purposes to rival the very acclaimed PlayStation VR. We will have to wait until E3 2017 to find out if any of that is true so stay tuned for more on everything Microsoft. Let us know what you think about the new headsets in the comments section below!