More Windows Mixed Reality Headsets Debut at Computex

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And despite Microsoft's "mixed reality" branding, these devices are simply VR headsets, and should not to be confused with the true MR capabilities of the more powerful and much more expensive HoloLens.

In the midst of another confusing chapter in its hardware efforts - the rollout of the Microsoft Surface Laptop family - Microsoft executives at the Computex 2017 show in Taiwan seemed to feel the need to clarify that their hardware strategy continues to be about driving growth and customer demand for the OEM partner ecosystem.

It was Microsoft's turn on stage at Computex 2017 on Wednesday, and they did not disappoint in giving the audience a first look at their upcoming Windows Mixed Reality headsets.

So far, the only specification details we know about come from HP and Acer, the two companies that have made their headsets officially available for preorder.

Developers in the USA and Canada can get their hands on both the Windows Mixed Reality Headset Developer Edition versions of Acer's and HP's headsets early, by pre-ordering now.

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Microsoft says Dell's headset is "uniquely focused on user comfort" and is designed by the same team that builds the company's XPS and Alienware PCs.

Dell, on the other hand, is going for a more affordable consumer mixed reality headset so as to reach a larger audience. The Dell headset offers innovations such as comfortable cushions, weight balanced headband, cable routing to free the user from dangling wires and, a flip-up visor, all of which have been designed for greater user comfort.

Lenovo is also planning to launch a mixed reality headset later this year alongside other manufacturers such as HP, Acer and others. Each includes built-in sensors with "inside-out tracking", meaning that they don't require external tracking hardware like high-end VR systems such as Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. Acer's headset is priced at $299 United States dollars while HP's headset sells for $329.

These Head Mounted Devices, HMDs for short, are fully enclosed virtual reality headsets - there is no mixed reality to be had using these devices - there is no visual aspect of using these and also seeing your actual local environment.

Confirmed prices and release dates have not been revealed as yet but we should get this information at some point later this year.

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