Windows 10 is set to become the most complete platform across the broadest range of mixed reality devices and experiences. Microsoft believes that mixed reality can empower new waves of creativity and should be affordable and attainable for everyone. At the GDC Conference in San Francisco Microsoft announced that to reflect this broad objective the platform has changed name from Windows Holographic to Windows Mixed Reality.
As was announced last year, the company partnering with leading device makers including Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and 3Glasses on a wide range of headsets that pair with your Windows Mixed Reality-ready PC. These are the first mixed reality headsets to deliver built-in inside-out tracking, meaning there is no need to purchase or install external trackers or sensors in the wall. Moreover, you don’t need to bother with a complicated setup, just plug and play.
At the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, Microsoft shared the next step in the mixed reality journey: starting this month Microsoft will begin to ship developer edition headsets created in partnership with Acer to our developer partners.
To empower even more developers to create in mixed reality, Microsoft gave a “golden ticket” to game developers who attended the Windows Mixed Reality session at GDC, and those developers will receive the Acer developer edition headset in the coming months. Game developers interested in building content for Windows Mixed Reality can sign up for ID@Xbox. All other developers can learn about the Windows Mixed Reality program here.
We’re also excited to share that Windows Mixed Reality experiences will light up on other devices over time, beyond desktop and Microsoft HoloLens. Our plan is to bring mixed reality content to the Xbox One family of devices, including Project Scorpio, in 2018.
When the company begins the phased rollout of the developer kits this month, the kits will include the Acer headset, along with documentation and access to Windows 10 Insider preview builds and the software development kit (SDK) to enable developers to build mixed reality applications.
The specifications for the Acer Windows Mixed Reality Development Edition headset include:
- Two high-resolution liquid crystal displays at 1440 x 1440
- Display refresh rate up to 90 Hz (native)
- Built-in audio out and microphone support through 3.5mm jack
- Single cable with HDMI 2.0 (display) and USB 3.0 (data) for connectivity
Now it will be up to developer partners to build with this expanding platform, which currently delivers more than 20,000 Universal Windows applications, including mixed reality apps and games as well as the ability to stream Xbox games to a Windows 10 PC. Here’s a video we created to give you a glimpse of what is possible with Windows Mixed Reality: