Last year, Microsoft announced that they were partnering with a number of different manufacturers to create new mixed reality headsets for the masses. Though not as powerful as something like an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, these headsets have a lot of features present of Microsoft’s high-end Hololens headset, and will help to get the technology in the hands of way more people at an affordable price.

It’s been quite a while since this announcement initially took place, but it seems that Microsoft is finally ready to get these units shipped out to developers. Those looking to purchase units can choose between options from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, and Lenovo, all which have special designs and feature sets.

Microsoft have given ‘golden tickets’ to developers who attended their special mixed reality session at this year’s GDC, which will allow them to pick up an Acer developer unit in the coming months.

The specifications of the special Acer developer unit are as follows:

  • Two high-resolution liquid crystal displays at 1440 x 1440
  • Display refresh rate up to 90 Hz (native)
  • Built-in audio out and microphone support through 3.5mm jack
  • Single cable with HDMI 2.0 (display) and USB 3.0 (data) for connectivity

Are you ready for these mixed reality devices to hit the market in mass? I personally can’t wait to get my hands on one myself, as the demos Microsoft have already show off using the technology look awe-inspiring to say the least.

More to come.

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