Previously, Microsoft promised that PC manufacturers will be making available affordable Windows Mixed Reality headsets, and now that time finally has come. The Microsoft Store is now selling two mixed reality headsets for Windows 10 that anyone can buy, including the Acer’s headset priced at $299, and the HP headset going for $329.
Although these headsets are aimed for developers to start building mixed reality experience for the platform, anyone is allowed to purchase either headset from the Microsoft Store.
These two Windows Mixed Reality headsets are very similar in specifications, and use internal tracking sensors, which means that no external markers or cameras are required to use them.
However, you’ll need a powerful rig to meet the minimum requirements to use the headsets. According to the Microsoft Store, you’ll need the following tech specs on your computer:
- Operating systems: Windows 10 Creators Update (Developer Mode enabled).
- Processor: Desktop Intel Desktop i7 (6+ Core) OR AMD Ryzen 7 1700 (8-Core, 16 threads).
- Graphics GPU: Desktop NVIDIA GTX 980/1060 | AMD Radeon RX 480 (8GB) equivalent or greater | DX12 and WDDM 2.2 capable GPU.
- Graphics drivers: Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 2.2.
- Thermal design power: 15W or greater.
- HMD connectors: HDMI 1.4 or Displayport 1.2 for 60 Hz HMDs, HDMI 2.0 or Display Port 1.2 for 90 Hz HMDs, 1x available graphics display port for HMD.
- Resolution: SVGA (800×600).
- Bit depth: 32 bits of color per pixel.
- RAM: 16GB or greater.
- Storage: >10GB additional free space.
- USB: 1x available USB port for HMD, USB 3.0 Type-A, (Note that USB must supply a minimum of 900mA).
- Bluetooth: >Bluetooth 4.0 (for accessory connectivity).
We’re still hopeful that Microsoft will eventually make improvements to its Windows Mixed Reality shell to use the headsets in more ordinary hardware.
Alongside Acer and HP, other companies planning to introduce mixed reality headsets for Windows 10 include ASUS, DELL, and Lenovo.