Microsoft will ship first Windows Mixed Reality kit to devs this month

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It's unclear if the tech giant is prioritizing certain countries with this initial rollout, or if the headset will be globally available to qualified teams.

Microsoft didn't go into details about its plans for the game console; the company has said in the past that it wants "Project Scorpio" to be VR-capable. Gesture tracking, another key pillar of the HoloLens experience, is also missing from the Acer HMD. Not only will you enjoy spectacular, immersive experiences, but also the things that you do most with your Windows PC - in mixed reality.

Microsoft today released Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build 15043 to the Slow ring.

Microsoft additionally showed off at GDC the Acer Windows "Mixed Reality", the new name for what used to be Windows Holographic, an engineer edition release headset that it would be ship to a few selected developers beginning this March. Early versions of that headset are rolling out to developers soon.

An AR headset will let you see the world as you normally see it, but it adds, or augments, what you see with overlays, which are usually context-sensitive.

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Microsoft will unveil more information about its Mixed Reality programme at its own Build conference in May.

There are no indications on what GPU you will need to power the VR headsets, but we assume it won't be as graphically demanding as the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. The new headsets will work with HoloLens apps, display Windows Universal Apps, even launch traditional Win32 programs in a single "desktop" window - and the wider field of view means there's no hunting around the room to find each one. We're unifying the mixed reality ecosystem around a platform that enables shared experiences and interoperability between headsets. The headset also boasts inside-out tracking.

The headset is said to have two 1,440 x 1,440 liquid crystal displays, with a refresh rate of 90Hz.

Microsoft's dev kits are targeted at game developers, because to Microsoft that's exactly what these headsets are for.

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