Microsoft is now making two Windows Mixed Reality headsets available for the public on August 1st 2017. It has listed two models in its online Microsoft Store, including Acer’s headset for $299, and the $329 HP headset.
Microsoft opened preorders for its headsets in May this year, allowing developers to get early access. While these headsets are still for developers, anyone can order them from the Microsoft Store. Both kits use built-in tracking sensors which do not require external cameras or markers. The experience of these headsets are quite similar to VR, despite its branding as “mixed reality”.
Although Microsoft mentioned the low minimum specifications for its Windows Mixed Reality in December, it is suggested in the store that you will need a PC with an Nvidia GTX 980 / 1060 or higher to get a good experience. That is far from the aforementioned requirement with Intel HD Graphics 620 specs, but hopefully Microsoft is still working on its Windows Mixed Reality shell to run smoothly on less powerful hardware. Giant tech companies like Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, and Lenovo are all planning to release Windows Mixed Reality headsets later this year.