Microsoft announced that its upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update will help to expand virtual reality to more people. The update, which will be free for all current Windows 10 owners, will allow users to experience VR with the help of new headsets from a variety of PC makers.
During its press event today in New York City, the company stated that HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus and Acer all plan to release VR headsets alongside the Windows 10 Creators Update, which is due out in early 2017. Microsoft stated that the price of these VR headsets will begin at $299. That’s much cheaper than the two current PC VR headsets, the HTC Vive at $799 and the Oculus Rift at $599.
Microsoft also showed a demo of how these cheaper VR headsets will work. A user can create his own virtual “home” while wearing the headset, and he or she can place Windows 10 apps on the walls of this home, such as the Microsoft Edge browser, the new Paint 3D app, or even a widescreen video for watching movies or TV.
Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented reality headset was also shown during the press event, as the user was able to take 3D creation from the new Paint 3D app and view it as a full hologram in the real world. Microsoft did not reveal any plans to release a consumer version of HoloLens during the event.