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Next Windows 10 update to change the face of VR gaming

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With the next Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Microsoft will roll out Virtual Reality experiences that will be cheaper, easier to set up and use, as well as more inclusive across distribution platform Steam, and most of all – more games.

Microsoft announced last night that they've partnered with various game developers including Halo's 343 Industries and Steam to bring more games to the Windows 10 VR experience. “We are working with an incredible set of partners to bring the most immersive experiences to the Windows Store. First, we are excited to announce the first wave of content partners coming to Windows Mixed Reality,” announces Alex Kipman, Microsoft tech spokesperson. “Second, it’s my pleasure to let you know that we are working with 343 Industries to bring future Halo experiences into mixed reality.  We are not providing specifics right now, but it is going to be a lot of fun to work with them.”

There is no definitive release date for the update, only that it will be available “this holiday.” HP, Lenovo, Dell, and Acer will all release headsets and motion controllers, with a starting price of $399. Microsoft also announced two PC options for Windows Mixed Reality experiences:

  • Windows Mixed Reality PCs: will consist of desktops and laptops with integrated graphics.  When plugged into these devices, our immersive headsets will run at 60 frames per second. 
  • Windows Mixed Reality Ultra PCs: will consist of desktops and laptops with discrete graphics. When plugged into these devices, our immersive headsets will run at 90 frames per second.

When it comes to Windows Mixed Reality games, the lineup includes the likes of 343 Industries, Superhot, Sony, ARK: Survival Evolved developer Studio Wildcard, and a host of other VR devs. One of the biggest surprises is that all your Steam VR games will be compatible with Windows Mixed Reality devices. “In addition, I am thrilled to announce that Steam content will also run on Windows Mixed Reality headsets,” continues Kipman.

“Mixed Reality is the future, and we want everyone on the journey with us. For customers, we are creating the best, most affordable mixed reality headsets and bringing you immersive experiences that you will love. For developers, we are making it easy to create great content spanning from simple augmented reality to virtual reality and of course holograms.”

Steams VR library already includes hundreds of games, but the best thing about the announcement is that PC gamers will have a cheaper option than the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. A quick look at local retailer Raru shows that the Oculus is currently priced at R15 047, and the Vive at a staggering R19 599. If Microsoft's starting price for Windows Mixed Reality turns out to be correct, then we're looking at a massive jump in price.

Source: Windows 10 Blog

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