A Microsoft official declared that its own VR headsets will be released in March. This is quite an exciting news for virtual reality enthusiasts because those gears will be the very first batch of such technologies for Microsoft and the Windows Holographic platform.
Windows 10 VRs For Developers
The general public, however, is being asked to hold their breaths a little while longer. The March schedule only involves the release of the VR headsets' developer editions. The release coincides with the Game Developers Conference happening from Feb. 27 to March 3.
The devices, therefore, will not yet hit stores. Even when you manage to get your hands on one, you will still be disappointed because there is a dearth of VR apps to consume. Of course, Windows native apps such as Skype and the Edge browser could already support the devices upon their roll out.
The VR devices that will debut in March are made by Microsoft. They will be released so VR content creators will have a platform to write and test their applications and contents.
On Consumer VR Version Release
Commercial Windows 10 VR headsets meanwhile will only start heading our way in the latter part of this year and those devices will be produced by third-party OEMs such as Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and 3Glasses.
Some of the users might have been lucky enough to try some of these VR headsets, which have been demonstrated during the just concluded CES 2017. The event provided the opportunity to showcase some features that can be considered unique from the slew of VR gears available to us today.
For example, there is the capability to interact with virtual objects overlaid in the physical world. This is an AR element that complements the VR gears' capability to provide users with media content, games, and apps in 3D. This variable underscores how the devices will be similar to HoloLens for their focus on mixed-reality.
Windows 10 VR vs. Other VR Platforms
The VR headsets, however, seem to be more like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive rather that Google's Daydream View VR or HoloLens in the sense that they are going to be tethered to PCs, which will provide the computing power. HoloLens boasts of its own computing technology whereas Daydream uses a smartphone for this purpose.
This particular factor could mean that the price of Windows 10 VR may be heftier than Daydream or the Samsung Gear VR.