Microsoft’s own push into consumer-based VR, Windows Mixed Reality, has found another third-party hardware partner in ASUS. The company announced it will launch a headset that supports the platform later this year, joining Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Acer.
The product doesn’t really have its own brand name; the company simply calls it “ASUS Mixed Reality Headset”, perhaps because they didn’t want to put much effort into marketing it. However, it does get points for being one of the more uniquely designed headsets made for Microsoft’s platform, with a polygonal 3D cover panel on its front. It looks like it belongs on a sci-fi TV show. Like the other headsets made by Microsoft’s partners, the ASUS model has tracking sensors inside, which do away for the need of external sensors like the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift.
ASUS added that its headset has been designed so that it will be comfortable to wear for extended periods of time, and that it weighs less than a pound. It also comes with “premium antibacterial cushioned materials” to keep any nasty germs from getting in your head while playing games.
The Verge reports that the ASUS headset will be priced at 449 euros, or about $535. It’s unknown if that price also includes Microsoft’s motion controllers. Even if that’s the case, it would appear that ASUS’ headset will be a bit more expensive than others that have been revealed already. Dell’s Windows Mixed Reality headset, the Visor, will be priced at $359.99 on its own, or with a controller bundle for $459.99. As we reported earlier this week, all Windows Mixed Reality headsets will be able to play SteamVR games, in addition to 20,000 Windows 10 games and apps.