Microsoft To Start Shipping Mixed-Reality Dev Kits From This Month

At the Game Developers Conference (GDC), San Francisco, Microsoft has announced that the company will start shipping the Developer Edition of Mixed Reality headsets created in partnership with Acer, by the end of this month. However, at first, the headsets will be delivered exclusively to the developer partners only.
 
The company has offered golden tickets to the game developers who have participated in the Mixed Reality session at GDC. All the golden ticket holders will also get the Acer developer edition headset soon, hopefully in the coming months.
 
To empower and to expand the reach of Mixed-Reality, Microsoft partnered with leading device makers last year, like Acer, Lenovo, HP, ASUS and 3Glasses, so as to develop a wide range of headsets that can easily pair with Windows Mixed Reality-ready PCs and provide an unforgettable experience to the users. And, as a result, here is the Acer’s Mixed-Reality Developer Edition handset. 
 
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In the official blog, the company stated,
 
“When we begin the phased rollout of the developer kits this month, the kits will include the Acer headset, along with documentation and access to Windows 10 Insider preview builds and the software development kit (SDK) to enable developers to build mixed reality applications.
 
We can’t wait to see what our developer partners build with our expanding platform, which currently delivers more than 20,000 Universal Windows applications, including mixed reality apps and games as well as the ability to stream Xbox games to your Windows 10 PC. Not only will you enjoy spectacular, immersive experiences, but also the things that you do most with your Windows PC – in mixed reality.”
 
Here are the specifications for the Acer Windows Mixed Reality Development Edition headset, as per the official blog.
  • Two high-resolution liquid crystal displays at 1440 x 1440
  • Display refresh rate up to 90 Hz (native)
  • Built-in audio out and microphone support through 3.5mm jack
  • Single cable with HDMI 2.0 (display) and USB 3.0 (data) for connectivity
As the company states,
 
"These are the first mixed reality headsets to deliver built-in inside-out tracking, meaning there is no need to purchase or install external trackers or sensors in the wall. Moreover, you don’t need to bother with a complicated setup, just plug and play."
 
Developers interested in building content for Windows Mixed Reality can learn about the Windows Mixed Reality program from here
 
In addition to this, the company has shared the following prototype video demonstrating the possibilities associated with implementing the Mixed-Reality.