Microsoft Announces $399 VR Headset Bundle, Available This October

Microsoft is making this fall a great deal more interesting for any and all parties interested in virtual reality. The company has been laying plans to democratize the mixed reality landscape and they’re going to be introducing a collection of headsets from a handful of companies this October.

The IFA technology show is underway in Berlin and Microsoft is using it as a stage to share information on their mixed reality headsets. The first wave of information has been detailed on their blog:

“We are on a mission to help empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more, and one of the ways we are doing that is through the power of mixed reality. Since January 21, 2015, when we announced Microsoft HoloLens, we have seen developers, partners, and customers innovate in ways we have never seen before. As a creator, it is inspiring to see the world embrace mixed reality; to see organizations and developers stretch the boundaries of what we can do with technology. Together we have created the most vibrant mixed reality community out there and it has been phenomenal to share in this journey with our community.”

Affordability and easy setup are a couple of the pillars that Microsoft is championing in order to make virtual reality available to the masses. The current tethered VR headsets require the placement of sensors for tracking so that users get the full experience. Microsoft’s upcoming lineup, including gear from HP, Lenovo, Dell, and Acer, will have their own built-in sensors that track your position. This allows for simple setups and easy transportation so the immersive experiences can be shared. These headset bundles w/ controller will start at $399 and, as the blog claims, work on PCs that start at $499.

There are no in-depth details on the PC requirements for these headsets, but Microsoft does share that they’ll be able to work in at least two different ways: 60 frames per second and 90 frames per second. They’ll eventually be offering PCs with those capable of 60 frames labeled as standard Mixed Reality PCs and those capable of 90 labeled as Mixed Reality Ultra.

The company’s Windows 10 Creator Update is also a significant piece of the puzzle, opening the door for creators that want to shape the ecosystem for augmented and virtual reality. Stay tuned to Shacknews for more information on this major shift as information is made available throughout the week.

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