Microsoft VR Details Out This December

By Edge Ison , Nov 01, 2016 05:06 AM EDT

Microsoft revealed that more details about their line of virtual reality products will be known come December.

The company will hold a couple of WinHec events from 8 to 9 and 14 to 15 next month and the announcement of new VR details may come during the mentioned dates.

A Tech Crunch report indicated that the VR headsets will offer six degrees of freedom along with inside-out tracking. This means the users will not need additional lighthouses. They can move around without using other pieces of equipment which will allow for better VR experience unlike Facebook's Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive which require complicated VR setups.

Alex Kipman, head of the Microsoft HoloLens project, confirmed that the new hardware will have no transparency for display. He also said that cables will be needed. Kipman added that the headsets will be available in different prices according to the VR experience each provides. The minimum price, though, is $299 per headset. It is safe to say then, that an Oculus-like experience is not possible with the $299 headset.

As for the rest of the details regarding Microsoft's VR project, people will need to wait until the end of the year.

During the Creators Update event, the company announced that it is working closely with a number of other companies with regard to the VR capabilities of Windows 10. The list includes Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, and Lenovo. Microsoft has already worked with VR company Starbreeze to create the StarVR headsets.

However, the recent unveiling of the Surface Studio and other details about the Windows 10 Creators Update has been the focus in recent days. The Verge reported that the VR headsets were overshadowed by the other Microsoft products and the December announcement has become a necessity to pique interest on their new products.

The exact release date of the Microsoft VR headsets haven't been revealed yet but the company signified that they will come out in early 2017 around the same time as the Creators Update.

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