It is a big day for Microsoft as it lays down the plan for its Mixed Reality with Windows 10. At an event in San Francisco, Alex Kipman, the guy behind HoloLens, shared Microsoft’s Intent on Mixed Reality, and what they intend to do with it going further. This was also shared through a blog post.
Alex Kipan portraits Mixed Reality as next revolution in computing. What we have had always seen in movies, can soon become reality using those VR headsets now, and who knows we might just not need it in future. In his blog post he shared:
We are standing at the threshold of the next revolution in computing. A revolution where computers empower us to expand our capabilities and transcend time, space and devices. A revolution where we immerse ourselves in virtual worlds of our choosing and we accomplish seemingly impossible things, while making lasting memories with the people we love.
Our sense of what is possible is set to be transformed as we enter a new era of computing, the era of mixed reality. We have started to see this transformation take place in the modern workplace and soon we’ll see it in every facet of life. With mixed reality, our ideas move beyond the boundaries of paper, beyond the boundaries of screens, and beyond the boundaries of description. This is the fundamental promise of mixed reality. The barrier that exists between our physical and digital worlds will disappear.
At the event, Microsoft also revealed new headset from Samsung, HMD odyssey, which is a premium headset and will cost around $499. Along with this SteamVR games are coming to Mixed Reality this holiday and the company has also acquired leading VR social platform AltspaceVR. Those who love Halo should know that Halo: Recruit will support VR.
That said, Windows Mixed Reality SteamVR won’t be out of preview until next year, may want to hold off on an MR headset until then. Its a Beta product for Microsoft for sure. Kipman clearly indicated that the devices that have been announced today or earlier will have to evolve to deliver the promise of Mixed Reality.
We believe we will have to evolve today’s devices and experiences to deliver on the promise of mixed reality. Since we introduced the world to mixed reality we have been committed to approaching this revolution in a patient, meaningful and holistic way. To achieve that we continue to:
- Embrace the entire continuum from augmented reality to virtual reality and everywhere in between.
- Build cutting edge devices and the technologies that power them, such as HoloLens.
- Create a unified platform for applications and the services to target.
With Windows we are delivering the only OS designed for the broadest range of inputs from traditional inputs like keyboards and mice, touch and ink, gamepads and our new industry defining motion controllers to now more natural human inputs such as gaze, voice and gestures.
Welcome to another Beta, and unless you are really into VR, and enthusiast about it, hold off putting your $300 into those headsets or at least wait for some reviews to show up.