First Windows Mixed Reality VR headsets start hitting the shelves

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The much awaited Windows 10 Fall Creators update is now starting to roll out for users around the world. One of the key features of the new update is support for Windows Mixed Reality or MR headsets. Some of the first Windows Mixed Reality headsets have also gone on sale now, so if you live in the US, you can place an order for one right away. While Mixed Reality headsets are basically just VR headsets, they do offer a few advantages that allow them provide a fuller VR experience than regular VR headsets.

Unlike the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, you will not have to deal with a “setup process” to immerse yourself in a VR world. Windows Mixed Reality headsets do not require an additional headset and nor do you need to mount cameras around your home for positional tracking. They can also be carried around easily, so you will have no problems taking it to your friend’s house or even your workplace.

The first Windows Mixed Reality headsets are now available from Acer, Dell, HP, and Lenovo. They start at $399 (Rs.25,900 approx.) for headsets bundled with motion controllers. Samsung’s HMD Odyssey headset will be going on sale on the 6th of next month.

The Fall Creators Update also brings the Mixed Reality Viewer, which is basically Microsoft’s attempt at bringing AR experiences to PC users. With the Mixed Reality Viewer, you will be able to view 3D objects added into your surroundings with the camera on your PC. Since most PCs do not have a camera, you will need something like the Surface Book 2 to be able to enjoy the feature.

As for the content, Microsoft claims to have over 20,000 apps in the Windows Store to allow users to enjoy travel, sports, live concerts, and gaming in VR.

[Source: Windows Blog]

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