Microsoft's affordable VR headsets to start appearing next spring

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A free update to Windows 10 early next year will bring “3D and mixed reality to everyone”, claims Microsoft.

The Windows 10 Creators Update will be brought to over 400 million devices running Windows 10 in 2017, and with it Windows users can start printing, capturing and creating in 3D as well as experiencing mixed reality.

Within the update, the classic, much-loved Paint app is getting a makeover and will become Paint 3D. The art studio will connect with a new online community, Remix3D.com, where users can share creations. Microsoft Edge and HoloLens will both be instrumental in showing off the power of this new 3D suite, Microsoft added in a blog.

Microsoft’s HoloLens device may be about 18 months or so away from consumer release, but that won’t stop the company from bringing mixed reality experiences to the masses.

Other vendors

Last week, it announced that HP, Lenovo, Dell, Acer and ASUS will shop the first virtual reality headsets capable of MR through the Creators Update. The best part is, these headsets will be relatively affordable at $299 (around £240) and upwards, without the need for a super expensive PC to power them.

Back in June, Microsoft invited vendors to use their HoloLens OS in what it described as “the next chapter of Windows 10”.

The headsets will come with built-in sensors to enable simplified setup and allow users to move around their homes with ‘no markers required’. More detailed specifications are expected to be announced at the WinHEC events in December.

However, in an interview with Polygon, Alex Kipman, technical fellow at the Windows and devices group Alan Kipman said the headsets would need to be connected to a PC via a long wire, will feature inside out tracking and have a “high field of view”.

He added the first wave of headsets would come out in the spring, with more to follow after.

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