1. Rohith Rohi1's Avatar
    Everybody expected mixed-reality technology to play a part in Microsofts big Windows 10 event on Wednesdaybut nobody expected what we got. Rather than showing yet another HoloLens demonstration, Microsoft instead announced a small army of virtual reality headsets unlike anything available today, and theyre all powered by the forthcoming Windows 10 Creators Update.
    The demo raised more questions than it supplied answers, but there was still plenty of info to glean if you were paying attention. Heres everything we know about Microsofts Windows 10 VR headsetsand one massive question spurred by their mere existence.
    1. Theyre wholly unique
    Seriously.

    Todays mobile VR headsets (like the Gear VR and Daydream View) can track your heads rotation, but not its position in space, making mobile VR a stationary experience. PC-powered VR (like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive) can track both head rotation and position, but require the use of extra base stations that cast out invisible laser beams to keep tabs on your movement across space.

    Windows chief Terry Myserson says the new Windows 10 powered VR headsets use inside-out six-degree-of-freedom sensors. That means theyll be able to track their own position with internal sensors, negating the need for base stations and dedicated VR spaces. No currently available VR headset offers that flexibility. The closest weve seen is the Santa Cruz prototype revealed at Oculus Connect earlier this month, but its far from finished, with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stressing that Santa Cruz is more idea than reality at this point.

    The HoloLens overlays 3D holograms atop the real world, providing an experience totally different from traditional virtual reality. That said, HoloLens head Alex Kipman told Polygon that the new Windows VR headsets borrow their inside-out technology from Microsofts augmented reality device.

    2. Theyre tethered
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    The Windows 10 headsets cant quite shake all of PC-based VR shackles, it seems. Unlike Microsofts HoloLens (and Oculus standalone Santa Cruz prototype), it appears as though these incoming devices lack onboard computers, requiring them to be tethered to a PCsomewhat of a bummer after the excitement about inside-out sensors. During an on-stage demonstration, the hosts headset clearly sported a long wire, and a promotional image for these headsets shows a discrete connection to a laptop in the background.

    This raises some interesting questions. How powerful will the PC powering these Windows 10 headsets need to be? Full-blown VR is much more graphically demanding than the HoloLens augmented reality. The laptop in the image doesnt appear bulky, but Nvidias new GTX 10-series mobile chips are powerful, yet cool enough to drive virtual reality experiences from relatively svelte notebooks.

    Comments Kipman made to Polygon suggest the requirements wont be particularly beefy. Weve lowered the specs you need for a [VR-ready] PC from a $1,500 system to a $500 one, he said.

    Microsoft will reveal more detailed info at an event in December, Kipman says.

    3. They share HoloLens controls
    These Windows 10 Creators Update accessories, as Myerson calls them, may be different from the HoloLens but it appears theyve picked up some tricks from Microsofts augmented reality device. During Microsofts on-stage demo yesterday, the Windows 10 VR headset was controlled using voice commands and hand gestures, similarly to how you control the HoloLens. No obvious in-hand controllers were visible.

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    You cant help but wonder if these more affordable, tethered VR headsets will stand in as consumer HoloLens alternatives until Microsofts able to perfect the design of its headset and drive the cost of its standalone design down to more reasonable levelswhich may take years.

    4. Theyre popular with PC makers
    A slew of PC makers want in on the VR action. HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer will all offer Windows 10 VR headsets. Heres hoping Microsoft and its partners institute some quality controls, as janky VR hardware can make you puke in a jiffy.

    5. Theyre damned cheap
    Or at least one version is. Myerson says these Windows 10 VR headsets will start at just $299, compared to $600 for the Oculus Rift and $800 for the HTC Vive. Dont expect all Windows VR headsets to be that affordable, though.

    Just like gaming and gaming on a PC, there is a difference if you want to play Halo or you want to play solitaire, Kipman told Polygon. The entry to play anything was a $1,500 PC; thats what we lowered.

    6. Theyre coming soon
    Look for these Windows 10 VR headsets to appear around the launch of the Windows 10 Creators Update, early next year.

    The big question: What about Oculus?
    Just last year, Oculus and Microsoft seemed pretty buddy-buddy. Xbox chief Phil Spencer took the stage at Oculus E3 2015 event to announce that the Rift would ship with an Xbox One controller, and be able to play Xbox One games on a virtual TV screen. Rampant rumors suggested that rather than building an in-house headset like PlayStation VR, Microsoft would instead tap Oculus as a drop-in solution for the Xbox One.

    oculus rift consumer june 11 2015
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    The new consumer version of Oculus Rift is due to ship in early 2016.
    But it looks like things have changed since then.

    Those Xbox games have yet to materialize for the Rift, and these Windows 10 headsets could very well wind up being the Xbox Ones VR solution. The only time Oculus was mentioned at the Microsoft event was when Myerson tossed shade, stating that those other, less immersive accessories today cost over $500 dollars (emphasis his).

    To be clear, the Rift headset still ships with an Xbox One gamepad, and neither Oculus nor Microsoft have mentioned anything negative about each other. The Rift could very well still become the Xbox Ones VR headset! But the Oculus teams noticeable absence at Microsofts event paired with the natural rivalry between the Windows 10 VR headsets and Oculus Santa Cruz headset sure makes you wonder.

    I think that Microsoft has been targeting this price segment for quite some time, says Anshel Sag, associate analyst and VR expert at Moor Insights & Strategy. Their biggest fear is missing this technology inflection and not being a major player like in mobile. That is why they partnered with Oculus early before they had a working headset design of their own.

    Microsoft will still likely partner with Oculus, but that relationship seemed one more out of convenience than necessity, says Sag. Facebook and Microsoft fundamentally have competing visions and platforms for VR and that ultimately boils down to why their partnership couldnt last.
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    10-29-2016 12:35 AM
  2. Chemy JMHT's Avatar
    One thing I agreed is a big question is the Oculus-Microsoft partnership, maybe one thing missing is, maybe Microsoft is buying some patents from Oculus in order to share it with the companies in charge of the $300 headsets, that way Oculus will be in a win-win situation, we can't actually know it today, but if it not, I think Oculus will need to think again about this partnership.

    That's a great article, as a recommendation, it's not always mandatory, put the source of the article, I was just reading about it here:

    Microsoft's $300 Windows 10 VR headsets: 6 things we know (and 1 big question)
    10-29-2016 10:54 PM
  3. imroot's Avatar
    I am still gonna love google VRHeads
    10-29-2016 11:59 PM
  4. Sim_8_3's Avatar
    Nice development but I didn't see anything promising about Xbox One, the Big Question should have been What about Xbox? Sony has got a real strong head start in the VR console arena now and this Xbox user is going over to their side if MS doesn't come out with something and soon!
    10-30-2016 12:31 AM
  5. badelhas's Avatar
    I actually believe Oculus and Microsoft have gone separate ways and will not be joining forces again.
    10-30-2016 07:50 AM
  6. Trogz64's Avatar
    Hopefully it will bring in a new competitor for the HTC Vive, especially at that price!
    10-30-2016 07:54 AM
  7. Rohith Rohi1's Avatar
    One thing I agreed is a big question is the Oculus-Microsoft partnership, maybe one thing missing is, maybe Microsoft is buying some patents from Oculus in order to share it with the companies in charge of the $300 headsets, that way Oculus will be in a win-win situation, we can't actually know it today, but if it not, I think Oculus will need to think again about this partnership.

    That's a great article, as a recommendation, it's not always mandatory, put the source of the article, I was just reading about it here:

    Microsoft's $300 Windows 10 VR headsets: 6 things we know (and 1 big question)
    Yes My Friend ... I Thought why To click on link and read the whole blog,by opening next tab..!! Just read it here..!!! And I always read the whole news and put the stuff here if i feel it was informative..!!!!
    10-30-2016 08:04 AM

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