Apr 04, 2017 08:48 AM EDT
The latest announcement from Microsoft has revealed that the new version of the Windows 10 OS will have support for mixed reality. It will be offered free for all Windows 10 users. However, people can make use of the technology only with compatible devices which are yet to hit the market.
According to Ciol, the developers who will be getting the Acer Windows Mixed Reality Development Edition will be able to start developing content for the headsets straightaway. It is claimed that the device has 6 degrees of freedom (DOF) inside out positional tracking, along with a number of features that can go well with Microsoft's vision of creating an ecosystem truly based on mixed reality.
Reportedly, the mixed reality version of Windows will incorporate 3D Paint, which will enable the users to create 3-dimensional content. Microsoft home project "Scorpio" is supposed to get mixed reality support by 2018. However, both Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets have announced no current integration with the new Windows upgrade.
According to Venture Beat, Microsoft will start the new version of Windows OS dubbed the "Creator's Update" from April 11. It has confirmed that this version will include the mixed reality support. Acer will start the making of compatible VR headsets for the new devices, which will not be available before the coming holiday season.
This Windows update looks to offer true mixed reality with its HoloLens headset, currently available at the expense of $3,000 per unit. It is basically focussed for the segment that includes developers. Soon, it is supposed to be available for business purpose as well. Microsoft will be disclosing more about the usage of mixed reality in its forthcoming devices and their benefits at its Build Developers Conference in May 2017.
Though the mixed reality technology is not available on all Windows devices as of yet, Microsoft is making sure that it becomes available for all the users of Windows 10 as soon as possible. Experts are hopeful of learning more about its plans regarding Scorpio at E3 in June.
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