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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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NVIDIA Ansel made these awesome in-game photos possible

NVIDIA Ansel made these awesome in-game photos possible

This week we took a look at a bunch of images captured in the wild by gamers, all made possible with NVIDIA Ansel. The NVIDIA Ansel system allows a gamer to stop time by capturing the environment in which they're playing a game. Through this system's abilities, users can re-live the moment they were in, and share that moment from angles never before possible.

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Minecraft’s biggest update ever (happens today)

Minecraft’s biggest update ever (happens today)

Today is the biggest day in Minecraft history - if you don't count that one time the game went mobile. This is the first day when cross-platform play is live for all major Minecraft platforms. That means that Minecraft on Xbox One, Minecraft Mobile, Minecraft VR, and Minecraft for Windows 10 are all in the same universe. As Microsoft said in a release today, "Say goodbye to 'Minecraft: Xbox One Edition' or 'Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition' and hello to a universal 'Minecraft!'"

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Microsoft Surface event coming to the spookiest date

Microsoft Surface event coming to the spookiest date

A new Microsoft Surface event is headed for London as the company holds their annual "Microsoft Future Decoded" session series. This event series takes place on the 31st of October and the 1st of November 2017 at ExCeL London. Microsoft's own Panos Panay is set to speak - he's Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Devices, and his job is almost always to reveal the next generation in Surface tablets.

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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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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update release date set, Mixed Reality too!

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update release date set, Mixed Reality too!

The ship date for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update has been set, and it'll be bringing Mixed Reality Headsets along with it. This update will also include items like enhancements in gaming, security, and accessibility, as well as a new photos experience that accesses photos, videos, and 3D effects right out the box. This is the fourth major update to Windows 10, bringing creativity-centered features aplenty.

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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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Acer Switch 7 Black Edition boasts fanless design with GeForce graphics

Acer Switch 7 Black Edition boasts fanless design with GeForce graphics

Amongst all of Acer's IFA 2017 announcements comes the Switch 7 Black Edition, a 2-in-1 detachable laptop with a slim build and what the company calls a world's first: a fanless design despite having discrete graphics. Such an achievement is thanks to Acer Dual LiquidLoop cooling tech, which keeps the Black Edition from overheating despite the lack of a fan. There's a lot to like about this model, not the least of which is its NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics.

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Razer Wolverine Ultimate detailed: Xbox One/PC Elite Controller competitor

Razer Wolverine Ultimate detailed: Xbox One/PC Elite Controller competitor

This morning Razer revealed the Razer Wolverine Ultimate, a customizable gaming controller for Xbox One and PC. This device is one of a collection of Xbox peripherals made by Razer on the market today, this set also including the Razer Thresher Ultimate wireless gaming headset and the Razer Atrox fight stick - another wacky controller made to push the boundaries of what input's possible on the console. The Razer Wolverine Ultimate works with interchangeable D-pads, interchangeable thumbsticks, and 6 remappable triggers and buttons.

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Parallels 13, VMware Fusion 10 improve Windows on Mac experience

Parallels 13, VMware Fusion 10 improve Windows on Mac experience

Mac users might hate to admit it but, sooner or later, they will need to use software that only runs on Windows. There are a couple of ways to solve that conundrum, like dual booting macOS and Windows or running individual apps through WINE or CrossOver. But if your Mac or MacBook is powerful enough, you can also run a full blown Windows 10 installation on top of macOS. And with the new Parallels Desktop 13 and VMware Fusion 10 releases, you are promised an experience that is as good as running Windows 10 as if it were a native Mac app.

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Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edition trailer is absurdly cute

Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edition trailer is absurdly cute

Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition's first trailer was shown today with a promise of cuteness - and it delivered. Imagine a world somewhere between the Windows edition of Final Fantasy XV and the super teeny-tiny world of Final Fantasy Tactics. That's where this newest game lives, right in the middle. Maybe a little bit closer to the cute side.

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