Microsoft Readies Windows Mixed Reality Developer Kits

Microsoft Readies Windows Mixed Reality Developer Kits

By | March 18th, 2017
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The company partners with Acer to start deliveries of the kit, complete

with a head-mounted display, later this month.


Developers will soon have the tools for creating immersive, mixed-reality experiences in Windows, announced Microsoft on March 1 during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

The company revealed plans to start shipping the Windows Mixed Reality developer kit later this month that include new hardware from Acer. The Taiwanese Microsoft hardware partner, best known for its notebooks and other devices, will contribute the Acer Windows Mixed Reality Development Edition headset.

The device features two LCD displays, each with a resolution of 1,400 by 1,400 pixels and a refresh rate of 90Hz. A single cable provides both HDMI 2.0 and USB 3.0 for connectivity, while a 3.5mm jack provides microphone and audio-out support.

The Windows Mixed Reality developer kit will also include access to preview builds of Windows 10, a software development kit (SDK) and documentation, wrote Microsoft technical fellow Alex Kipman, in a blog post.

Rival Sony beat Microsoft to the punch last year when it unveiled its PlayStation VR Headset in March 2016, and subsequently launched the device the following October.

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Nisheeth Bhakuni

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