Microsoft is ready to enter the VR market is not a day or two. Their VR strategy is basically the same as the PC: OEM hardware partner production equipment, Microsoft is focused on building the platform, ecology, and core experience. That's the Windows MR platform & rdquo ;. Microsoft and Dell, Acer, Lenovo, HP and other OEM manufacturers, plans to open on September 1 IFA on the external display of their MR equipment products, including the head, the controller and PC. Previously, the developer version of the device has been sent to the hands of developers. As for the first batch of consumer version of the device, will be shipped this fall.
Just today, IFA opening eve, Microsoft announced the "Windows MR platform" with the main features and specifications for the IFA debut. Let's take a look together.
VR? MR? stupidly can not tell
First of all to point out: there is no evidence that "Windows MR platform" support mixed reality.
Windows MR header contains an external camera, the user can choose to switch the contents of the camera to record the real scene. But the developer version of Acer & quot; MR & quot; does not support the hybrid reality function of superimposing virtual objects on realistic scenes.
Of course, this is only an early developer version. But in Microsoft and Acer, Dell and other manufacturers of promotional materials, but also do not see the MR function description.
Now, we put Microsoft's "MR" platform as VR equipment like.
Acer Windows VR Suite
As a PC connected to the VR device, Windows MR platform & rdquo; hardware package contains three: VR header, controller, PC.
Microsoft said that no matter which manufacturers produce "Windows MR" head show, have a single 1440p resolution, will be built-in real-time tracking user location sensor. Thus, the Windows MR device does not need to place an additional location in the room to track the camera.
The end of the text will take a look at Dell, Acer and other manufacturers of the head was.
The controller and the PC are designed and manufactured by the OEM manufacturer, but the controller is the same:
The ergonomic design is very similar to the Oculus Touch, but without the latter's camera.
In the "Windows MR platform" and Microsoft and OEM manufacturers will be divided into two grades:
Windows MR PC: Desktop or laptop with Intel HD integrated graphics, with a design refresh rate of 60 frames per second.
Windows MR Super PC: equipped with a separate graphics card desktop, notebook. Design refresh rate of 90 frames per second.
Of course, all PCs are theoretically supported by Windows MR. As long as the performance is enough, not divided into "Windows MR platform" marketing, the box does not "support Windows MR" words Windows PC, there is no reason will not be used. We can rest assured that bold use of the old computer.
Windows MR is priced at $ 299 to $ 399. The controller is priced at $ 100. VR headset + controller package price of $ 399 to $ 499 dollars.
Make a comparison
The Oculus Rift + Oculus Touch package is currently in the US for $ 399. Discount in the past, the price will be restored to $ 499.
HTC Vive package this month has just announced a permanent price reduction, down to $ 599.
Not discounted, Windows VR device price advantage is limited.
The best news is that Windows MR devices will fully support the VR game content on the Steam platform. In addition, Windows MR platform content partners also include the following companies:
Sony Pictures, Hulu, Love Fantastic Art, Youku are in which.
Microsoft also announced that it is currently working with 343 partners to study the Xbox game masterpiece "halo" (& ldquo; Halo & quot;) to the Windows MR platform.
Windows MR features
For consumers, the most concerned about is what practical benefits of Windows MR products. Microsoft also took this into account, the official propaganda said, Windows MR platform has the following four major advantages:
Easy to set up
"The existing high-end VR devices require an external camera, which is cumbersome to set up. Users need to clean up a dedicated game room, there is a relatively large space. And Windows MR with built-in sensor can do plug and play, its VR experience is mobile & mdash; & mdash; bring PC, head and controller, you can go out to play VR anywhere. & Rdquo;
The $ +9 $ $ 399 starts to support Windows MR's new PC $ 499.
Many devices are available
In recognition of Dell, Acer, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo's head was outside, the various PC manufacturers will have to introduce the box marked with a large word "support Windows MR" and the words of the new PC.
This is nothing to say, although Microsoft makes sure that Windows MR will have many interesting content. But this kind of thing or to try their own, it is recommended to look at the chop before the evaluation.
OEM manufacturers of the head show
Dell's first helmet for the Microsoft Windows hybrid reality platform helmet Dell Visor, a single price of 359.99 US dollars, 2 bundled price of 459.99 US dollars, will be officially released on October 17. It is said to be lighter than PS VR.
Price $ 299 (without controller), no built-in headset and microphone. The specific configuration is as follows:
In addition to the physical form, HP VR head configuration and Acer the same. $ 329 (excluding controller).
Weight 350g, Lenovo has not yet announced pricing.