Companies associated with Microsoft will launch a new line of HMDs to take advantage of the virtual and augmented reality capabilities of Windows 10.
During an event Microsoft it has announced that the new devices will be available from $299 and they will have positioning inside-out of 6 degrees of freedom, that is, they will not require external elements, as we were able to know with the Oculus Santa Cruz prototype, although these will have a cable, at least the one that has been shown during the event.
Terry Myerson, VP of Windows and Devices, commented: “Unlike all the virtual reality devices available today, this means that there will be no reason to have a separate room, nor need to make complicated configurations, and while these less immersive devices cost about $500, requiring in most cases an expensive computer, we announce today that these new Creator’s Update accessories will be from $299.”
HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer are some of the companies that will manufacture the new viewers. Some of these companies are already manufacturing virtual reality devices, as is the case of Acer which is in charge of producing the StarVR viewers. At the moment the technical characteristics of these new viewers are unknown, but they will be compatible with the new free update Creator’s Update that Microsoft will launch in the spring of 2017.