Big news: Microsoft has announced that its Windows Mixed Reality headsets will support SteamVR content.
HP, Lenovo, Dell and Acer will each release their own Windows Mixed Reality headset along with motion controllers later this year. Bundles start at $399 (about £310 / AU$505), Microsoft said today.
But the content news doesn’t stop at Steam. Microsoft also announced it’s working with 343 Industries to bring Halo VR to Windows Mixed Reality.
Details are thin on the ground as to what these Halo experiences will entail, but this is a major get for the newest VR platform, if an unsurprising one. Minecraft, too, is making its way to Windows Mixed Reality, as spotted in this video:
A new way to VR
Microsoft says its goal with Windows Mixed Reality is to democratize VR by allowing various hardware partners to build devices at different price points.
Importantly, the headsets arriving later this year will feature built-in sensors, eliminating the need for external sensors and letting you take the headset and compatible PC (i.e., laptop) anywhere. PCs for Windows Mixed reality start at $499 (about £385 / AU$630), Microsoft said.
Microsoft also announced today it’s breaking the requisite PCs into two categories: Windows Mixed Reality PCs and Windows Mixed Reality Ultra PCs.
The first category consists of laptops and desktops with integrated graphics. On this tier, headsets will run at 60 frames per second.
The Ultra level is made of laptops and desktops housing discrete graphics. Headsets plugged into these machines will run at 90 frames per second.
Microsoft is laying the groundwork for the first wave of Windows Mixed Reality headset releases later this year, and content is a crucial part of the effort.
It’s encouraging to see the company line up solid content offerings like Halo and Minecraft along with Steam for the HMDs, and we can expect even more game and hardware news to be announced before long.