Mixed Reality Headsets Coming to Xbox One and Project Scorpio
Mar 03 2017 by Elias Hubbard
Microsoft has announced that its "monster" 4K-ready Project Scorpio console will support both AR and VR headsets in 2018, facilitating a more unified Mixed Reality approach.
Also part of the mixed reality experience journey, Microsoft says the dev kit will also be available for other devices as time goes on.
Microsoft stated at GDC 2017, that it'll begin shipping development kits for Windows Mixed Reality, starting March.
But, while the prospect of PC-powered headsets powered by Windows 10 is exciting, it's not as exciting as the news that mixed reality is coming to the Xbox platform.
"We also heard that unexpected reboots are disruptive if they happen at the wrong time". Microsoft confirmed this week that mixed reality experiences will also find their way to the Xbox One and, later, Project Scorpio. Developers who decide to pay up would then gain access to the Xbox developer kit and submit their games for retail. This should mean Acer's headset is far cheaper, but does suffer from the problem of wired tethering to a desktop.
The Unified Update Platform promises to dramatically reduce the size of update packages whether they are major OS upgrades or minor updates that Microsoft delivers to Windows 10.
This follows on after the company's previous launch of a creators update for Windows 10 for 3D and VR media in October 2016. For sound we have a 3.5 mm jack port. On the one hand, Microsoft has the pressure of history working against it because of the poor start of the Xbox One when compared to the PlayStation 4, back in 2013.
As Kipman admits, by his own definition of mixed reality, the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are capable of mixed reality, too. ARM processors are usually more power-efficient than Intel's PC processors, and system-on-chip (SoC) solutions like the Snapdragon 835 include cellular communications and LTE data connectivity built-in. Due to this decision by Microsoft, the barrier between the developers and gaming companies will be reduced, which will motivate the developers to create more games.