"It's my pleasure to let you know that we are working with 343 Industries to bring future Halo experiences into mixed reality", said Alex Kipman, project lead on Microsoft's HoloLens headset and its mixed reality initiative. Since the company's announcement, Sony has dropped the prices on its headset and controller bundles to $449. Windows Mixed Reality devices are created to make augmented and virtual reality more affordable than higher-end devices including the Vive, the Oculus Rift and Microsoft's own HoloLens.
The Dell Visor, Dell's first headset for Microsoft's Windows Mixed Reality platform, will be available this October for $359.99 or in a bundle with two controllers for $459.99.
The Steam integration is notable because of Valve's major role in PC gaming, and its own partnership with HTC on the Vive virtual reality headset. They will have built-in sensors to track your physical position, and they don't require you to buy or install external sensors in your room.
HP, Lenovo, and Acer are three other companies working on headsets. For instance, the headsets start at $299.
In addition to lowering the price of a headset, Microsoft is setting new price lows for its companion PCs.
Whether that's actually affordable depends on the person and their budget.
You can expect all of the Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers to look and feel roughly the same.When plugged into these devices, the headsets will run at 60fps. When plugged into these devices, the headsets will run at 90fps.
As Digital Trends puts it, mixed reality is an amalgamation of virtual reality where users can be exposed to a completely immersive digital world while at the same time, interact with grab-able applications and various 3D models that can be manipulated by the user. Now some more details have been revealed at IFA, including that the headsets will support VR content on Steam.