Saturday, 25 March, 2017

Windows 10 updates: We're getting closer to squashing download sizes, says Microsoft

Microsoft has an ambitious plan to compete with PlayStation VR — and it could mean big things for the Xbox Microsoft's new VR headset could bridge HoloLens, Windows and Xbox (hands-on)
Heather Davidson | 05 March, 2017, 00:06

There has been speculation regarding whether the company will offer VR headsets support for Scorpio, but Microsoft has not yet replied to this. They're opaque, like VR headsets, and tether to a Windows PC, or come 2018, an Xbox One or Project Scorpio game console, with a long cord.

The new development edition headset includes two high-resolution crystal displays, built-in audio and microphone support, and a single cable with HDMI 2.0 display and USB 3.0 for data connectivity.

"Windows Mixed Reality" is Microsoft's new name for the "Windows Holographic" platform, but the technology is more generally known as augmented reality.

As for when consumers will be able to get one, that would be some time this holiday season, which is also when headsets from ASUS, Dell and Lenovo will likely make their debut.

Microsoft announced their next steps regarding the merge of the real world with the virtual one.

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A year ago, the Redmond software giant announced its plans to launch a VR headset that's capable of mix reality with the Windows 10 Creators Update.

Most high-end virtual reality headsets, like the PlayStation VR, rely on a camera by your TV or monitor so the system can "see" when you turn your head and move your virtual vantage point accordingly. All the games which go through this program have to be built using Universal Windows Windows App platform, meaning that they should work on both Windows 10 and Xbox consoles. The brand has collaborated with Acer for the headsets and it'll be bundling these headsets along with the development kit.

According to TechCrunch, the mixed reality headsets will be equipped with inside-out tracking with sensors to scan one's physical surroundings. The headsets will also be plug and play with no complicated setup.

As you may recall, UUP promises to dramatically reduce the size of the updates-major or minor-that Microsoft delivers to Windows 10 going forward by using differential download packages. Instead of forcing you to view the game and play with a controller, Mixed Reality headsets are created to immerse you inside the virtual world and interact as if you're the game character.

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