Published: Thu, August 31, 2017
Science | By Nancy Frank

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Jaunt's VR App for Windows Mixed Reality to feature Cortana Voice Navigation

Microsoft's mixed reality venture is an attempt to "democratize virtual reality" and make it available to everyone.

Microsoft is also promising that a future Halo title will support virtual reality.

Asus has unveiled a host of new products at its IFA 2017 press conference, launching (and re-launching) a whole host of laptops alongside a mixed reality headset.

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One of the main reasons for this being that Windows Mixed Reality headsets come equipped with built-in sensors to track your physical position, without the need for external sensors setup in a room. The Asus headset also includes a proximity sensor. For instance, the headsets start at $299.

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Microsoft's "mixed reality" programme encompasses both AR (in the form of HoloLens) and VR.

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The ASUS Mixed Reality Headset sports an "digital industrial" design language, sporting an outer design comprised of 3D polygons.

The Steam integration is notable because of Valve's major role in PC gaming, and its own partnership with HTC on the Vive virtual reality headset.

However, unlike Oculus Rift, which demands only the most powerful PCs, Microsoft's Mixed Reality platform can run on standard PCs with integrated graphics, as well. Developers may have to retroactively add Windows VR support for each game, so be aware that these new headsets may not work with all VR games straight out of the box. In another game, I had my choice of weapons and could reach behind my back in the real world to swap them out (the IMU tracked this motion that was out of range of the headsets camera). In addition to the slew of apps already available for Windows Holographic, you'll be able to play VR games on Steam - which is why the majority of people buy expensive headsets in the first place.

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However, some things have changed since Microsoft's price confirmation. Microsoft motion controllers give off a bit of a disco ball vibe as they're tracked by a number of shining embedded LEDs that convey the controllers' exact positioning to the headset. Whether Microsoft achieves that goal - with Apple, Google, and Facebook all ramping up the competition - remains to be seen.

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