mixed reality

HoloLens sets its sights on Europe with huge expansion

HoloLens sets its sights on Europe with huge expansion

It's been a long time coming, but Microsoft is finally ready to launch HoloLens across Europe. Ever since the headset was first released back in 2016, it's been available in only a few European regions, namely the UK, Ireland, Germany, and France. Those regions were four of only 10 to get the device, meaning that HoloLens was hard to find for many Europeans.

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Windows Mixed Reality: Devices and Downloads on Release Day

Windows Mixed Reality: Devices and Downloads on Release Day

Today Windows Mixed Reality launches on Windows 10, and several devices are onboard from the start. ASUS, Samsung, Lenovo, HP, Dell, and Acer have their own headsets - not all necessarily out in the wild yet, but (at least) announced. For those users that already know everything there is to know about Windows Mixed Reality, there's a single app that can be downloaded for one first and final check to make sure of hardware compatibility with their Windows 10 PC.

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Windows Mixed Reality hands-on: previewing a future

Windows Mixed Reality hands-on: previewing a future

Microsoft just made a big announcement that could change the way we do computing in the future. That is, if it decides to stick to its guns. For many outside Redmond and its close-knit circle of hardware and software partners, "mixed reality" remains little more than a souped up, rebranded virtual reality. On October 17, that could very well change when Windows Mixed Reality launches to the outside world, headsets and all. We joined Microsoft at its Reactor hub in San Francisco to see, no pun intended, for ourselves the vision of the future that Microsoft is trying to promote and, of course, sell.

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Samsung HMD Odyssey is the highest-end Windows Mixed Reality headset yet

Samsung HMD Odyssey is the highest-end Windows Mixed Reality headset yet

Samsung is one of a collection of brand making Windows Mixed Reality headsets this year, coming first with the Odyssey. The Samsung HMD Odyssey works with 2x AMOLED displays, a 110-degree field of view, 6 DOF inside-out positional tracking, and a pair of AKG headphones. At the moment this appears to be the most extravagant Windows Mixed Reality HMD yet revealed.

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Windows mixed reality headsets go up for pre-order – here’s how to get one

Windows mixed reality headsets go up for pre-order – here’s how to get one

Following Microsoft's reveal of Samsung's HMD Odyssey headset, the company has announced the start of pre-orders for a variety of Windows mixed reality headsets. We've know about many of these headsets for quite some time now, as Microsoft's push into mixed reality was signaled for the first time way back in October 2016. We're closing in on the roll out of all of these headsets as well, and if you know you want one, you might want to put in a pre-order today.

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Microsoft reveals the future of Windows Mixed Reality

Microsoft reveals the future of Windows Mixed Reality

In this corner, you have virtual reality, with the likes of Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Valve, and Samsung leading the army. In this other corner, you have augmented reality, with the likes of Google and Apple among its champions. And right in the middle, as arbiter and conqueror, is Microsoft with its Mixed Reality platform based on, what else, Windows 10. Today at its Reactor venue in California, Redmond is revealing just how large its Mixed Reality territory really is, and how larger it is becoming, with new allies filling up its ranks.

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This is Samsung’s alleged Windows Mixed Reality Headset

This is Samsung’s alleged Windows Mixed Reality Headset

Samsung has one foot squarely in the virtual reality market with its Oculus-powered Gear VR. That doesn't mean, however, that it can't put the other foot down on the augmented reality, sometimes called mixed reality, field as well. That does seem to be the case, based on a latest leak that shows a Samsung-branded mixed reality headset. But instead of reinventing the wheel like it is wont to do, Samsung will instead be leveraging Microsoft's Windows Holographic platform.

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Google’s best use of ARCore so far: Google Maps virtual position

Google’s best use of ARCore so far: Google Maps virtual position

Today Google made a point to feature 6 new use-cases for ARCore. ARCore is Google's augmented reality toolkit for developers, and their examples this week are quite impressive. The most powerful show of AR power comes with virtual positioning of a smartphone within Google Maps Street View, updating a system that's already awesome.

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HP Windows Mixed Reality DE Headset release date and pricing revealed

HP Windows Mixed Reality DE Headset release date and pricing revealed

This week the folks at HP have revealed the release information around their fabled HP Windows Mixed Reality Developer Edition Headset. This isn't the final edition, instead opting to use the "Developer Edition" moniker we've seen used on several of the most famous VR headsets to be released over the past several years. This headset is part of Microsoft's big Windows 10 Creator Update headed to users this Fall.

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Lenovo Explorer Windows Mixed Reality headset hands-on

Lenovo Explorer Windows Mixed Reality headset hands-on

Microsoft is betting big on Windows Mixed Reality, and Lenovo is hoping to ride that headset rollercoaster with the Lenovo Explorer. Its first headset to take advantage of the virtual and augmented reality technology Microsoft will bake into the Windows Fall Creators Update, the Explorer is making its official debut at IFA 2017 this week.

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Dell Visor headset, 17-inch Inspiron 2-in-1 line up for IFA 2017

Dell Visor headset, 17-inch Inspiron 2-in-1 line up for IFA 2017

You might not be aware of it yet, but the madness of IFA 2017 has already started, with new product announcements the try to avoid the flood that will be coming this Friday. That includes Dell, who has just unveiled its latest lineup of computing devices. But while it has your usual new Inspiron and XPS laptops, the roster does include two particularly interesting new additions, like the Visor, Dell’s first ever mixed reality headset, and the Inspiron 17 7000, the world’s first 17-inch 2-in-1 convertible laptop.

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Microsoft mixed reality gets a big boost with Steam support and Halo

Microsoft mixed reality gets a big boost with Steam support and Halo

Microsoft is gearing up for a big week of mixed reality announcements and showcases at IFA 2017, but it's also made a few big reveals ahead of time. Today Microsoft published what could be something of a refresher course to its mixed reality efforts, detailing things like expected pricing (both of mixed reality headset bundles and the PCs that will run them), along with expected content partners and games. Make no mistake, there are certainly some impressive names on that list.

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