Apart from announcing Windows 10 on ARM, Microsoft has shared how it plans to bring Virtual Reality, rather mix of Virtual and Augmented Reality to mass consumers through Project EVO.
Along with partnership with Intel, Microsoft wants to take Cortana, Mixed Reality, and Gaming to a complete new level. This sounds exactly like Home HUB feature which was rumoured a couple of days ago, and will be more like a Software Interface Hardware manufacturer can leverage on their devices.
Here is the list:
- Far-field speech communications so you can ask Cortana a question or play a song from across the room.
- The latest security capabilities to protect devices from malware and hacking threats, advances in biometric authentication with Windows Hello, sophisticated insights from Microsoft’s Intelligent Security Graph, additional world-class security intelligence, and analytics from Intel.
- Mixed reality experiences for everyone through affordable PCs and head mounted displays (HMDs) that blend the physical and virtual realities in ways that no other platform can.
- Gaming innovations like eSports, game broadcasting and support for 4K, High Dynamic Range (HDR), Wide Color Gamut (WCG), spatial audio, and Xbox controllers with native Bluetooth.
Microsoft Announced VR support, and 3D support in Windows 10, and its only platform making it possible for consumers. Having native support of these in the OS takes off a lot of pressure from the VR devices, and makes it affordable.
These are steps Microsoft is taking to make Mixed Reality possible, and affordable:
We submitted Microsoft HoloLens for government approval in China, and we look forward to making it available to developers and commercial customers in China in the first half of 2017.
We shared the specifications that we co-developed with Intel for PCs that will power the first headsets capable of mixed reality. HMDs from Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, and Lenovo will be available next year.
Joining those partners, 3Glasses, the leading China-based hardware developer for HMDs, will bring the Windows 10 experience to their S1 device in the first half of 2017, reaching more than 5 million monthly active customers in China.
Customers will gain access to amazing mixed reality content. This includes:
- More than 20,000 universal Windows apps in the catalog
- 3D objects from the web using Microsoft Edge to drag and drop into their physical world
- Immersive WebVR content via Microsoft Edge
- 360 degree videos available for the first time in the Movies & TV app
Finally, HMD developer kits will become available to developers at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
Companies like 3Glasses, Acer, ASUS, Dell and many more are working with Microsoft using Windows 10 creators update to bring VR headset to consumers.