Microsoft has been planning to release mixed reality headset for 2 years. Finally, the company will release Acer’s VR headset which will cost around $300. This headset will run on the same platform as the HoloLens and will have access to a whole plethora of Windows 10 apps. But, we all know that VR is incomplete without the proper game support. So, Microsoft has announced that Windows Mixed Reality headsets will be compatible with Steam VR and other VR’s also.
Valve Software's Joe Ludwig said,” This partnership with Microsoft is a big step in growing VR as an open platform for developers and consumers. The steam community will have more choice than ever to experience the potential of VR as more range of hardware options will be available.”
According to few reviewers, the Acer headset with the Microsoft controller is par with HTC VIVE considering the price of both the device. The Microsoft controller looks more or less similar to the combination of HTC Vive wands and the Oculus Touch controllers. The controllers are long and slender like the wands, while the button layout has a thumb stick, a trackpad and a menu button. On top of the wand is the Windows shortcut, which will lead the users straight back into the Windows Mixed Reality living room environment. The Acer headset has more resolution (1440 x 1440 resolution for each eye) than both the Rift and the Vive ( 1080 x 1200 resolution per eye). Acer has also assured that people will not feel any kind of dizziness or nausea while using the headset for long period of time.
Microsoft has already said that the best thing about the Windows mixed reality headset is that one can run high end games on relatively low powered laptops with integrated graphics.
According to Microsoft, the addition of SteamVR support is just the beginning as the company is working with 343 Industries to bring future Halo experiences into mixed reality. According to some rumours, Microsoft might reveal something at upcoming IFA.