In photos: Acer, Asus, HP, Dell, Lenovo showcase their mixed reality Windows 10 headsets
The more affordable alternative to the Vive and the Rift is already on its way.
One of the biggest complaints about Virtual Reality gameplay is how expensive it can get with the price tag for the basic headgear package alone sitting at the USD 599-USD 799 range not to mention building a system that can run or support VR games which cost also nearly equals to the VR gear price tag. With the technology already existing however, it is expected for manufacturers to join in on the development and even provide low-cost alternatives, and it really did not take long for many to do so as Acer, Asus, HP, Dell, and Lenovo, brands that were generally known for manufacturing computer hardware and components, team up with MicroSoft in developing Mixed-Reality headsets for the Windows 10 platform.
But what’s under the hood for these MicroSoft MR headsets? And take not, MR, not just plain VR. Well, Acer seems to show much of what we can expect when it comes to specs, being one of the first to unveil their own model, which comes with twin 1440×1440 LCDs for display, 90hz of refresh rate, and as well as HDMI and USB 3.0 connectivity with a built in 3.5mm jack for audio. The headsets are also described to utilize “state-of-the-art, inside-out tracking”, eliminating, or at the very least, reducing the need to set up external cameras or IR emitters to complement what we assume is the room level experience. Talking about costs, the headsets also come relatively cheap when compared to both the Vive and the Rift, although, take note, that info regarding the price is still limited to the developer’s edition, and only Acer and HP, have divulged info regarding the price so far – USD 299 for Acer’s and USD 329 for HP – with the rest of the stated brands to follow soon as the release dates are slated sometime later this year.
Nevertheless, each of the brands has showcased the concept designs for their headsets for us to glare at, with each showcasing their own brand of uniqueness when it comes to design and the ergonomic feel.