Microsoft Windows Mixed Reality Development Kits expected to hit stores in March 2017

Microsoft Windows Mixed Reality

Microsoft is gearing up to start shipment of Windows Mixed Reality Development Kits in March 2017. Announcing the development at the Game Developers Conference, the Redmond-based company will also bundle developer edition headsets along with the mixed reality development kit. Interestingly, the headphones were created in partnership with Acer.

Meanwhile, the company also announced that they would integrate mixed reality technology onto Xbox One and Project Scorpio in 2018. In addition to the headset, the Windows Mixed Reality development kits also provide access to Windows 10 Insider Preview builds and the software development kit (SDK) to help you to create applications based on mixed reality easily.

In a bid to promote the mixed reality evolution, the company recently renamed ‘Windows Holographic’ to ‘Windows Mixed Reality.’ According to industry analysts, the move is attributed to the effort of the company to integrate the mixed reality solution to a wide range of external platform instead of depending on HoloLens headset.

In 2016, Microsoft announced that it had established strategic partnerships with Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and 3Glasses to manufacture headsets with the capability to pair with Windows Mixed Reality computers.

Commenting on the development, Microsoft disclosed that these are the first mixed reality headsets to deliver built-in inside-out tracking. You need not have to purchase or install external trackers or sensors in the wall. Furthermore, there is no need to worry about complicated setup process. You just need to plug and play just like a brand new Windows 10 laptop.

On the specifications front, the Acer headset features two high-resolution liquid crystal displays with 1440×1440 pixels resolution with the native refresh rate of up to 90Hz. It also includes an integrated audio and microphone support via the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. Available in a single cable, the headset ships with HDMI 2.0 and USB 3.0 for data connectivity.

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To add more fun, Microsoft had handed over the “golden ticket” to those developers who attended the session organized by the company at GDC 2017. If you own the ticket, you will be able to access the Acer headset.

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