Microsoft follows Google Daydream and Oculus with own Mixed Reality controllers

Microsoft Follows Google Daydream And Oculus With Own Mixed Reality Controllers

Microsoft follows Google Daydream and Oculus with own Mixed Reality controllers

Microsoft Follows Google Daydream And Oculus With Own Mixed Reality Controllers

After rebranding its augmented reality system to Windows 10 Mixed Reality, Microsoft is expanding the ecosystem with motion controllers to interact with experiences.

Microsoft Follows Google Daydream And Oculus With Own Mixed Reality Controllers

Different manufacturers, including Acer and HP, are making their own Mixed Reality headsets that run Microsoft’s software. But to standardise input there will be a unifying control system that will work with both.

Microsoft Follows Google Daydream And Oculus With Own Mixed Reality Controllers

Microsoft announced the Windows Mixed Reality Motion Controllers during its Build 2017 developers conference and they are similar to devices available for other VR headsets. That includes the Daydream controller from Google and Oculus controller for the Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift.

Microsoft Follows Google Daydream And Oculus With Own Mixed Reality Controllers

What’s most interesting about Microsoft’s new controllers is that will not require any additional hardware, such as sensors. The headset itself does the tracking, and sensors built into that device will tell the controllers where they are in the virtual space.

Microsoft Follows Google Daydream And Oculus With Own Mixed Reality Controllers

Microsoft also revealed that its Mixed Reality system does not require room configuration – it should work install-free.

Microsoft Follows Google Daydream And Oculus With Own Mixed Reality Controllers

The two headsets announced so far, from Acer and HP, will cost $299 and $329 respectively. Developers can pre-order them now from the Microsoft Store and delivery, in the US at least, will start in the summer.

Microsoft Follows Google Daydream And Oculus With Own Mixed Reality Controllers

Unlike Microsoft HoloLens, the new Mixed Reality headsets require connection to a PC, much like an Oculus Rift. This is what keeps the cost down, however.

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Published at Thu, 11 May 2017 16:02:25 +0000

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