One of the first Windows Mixed Reality VR headsets that will be available to the general public will be the Dell Visor. Today, pre-orders for that headset have gone live at Dell’s website., with the first shipments scheduled to go out on October 17.
That date also happens to be when Microsoft plans to start rolling out the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update for free to PC owners who have Windows 10 installed. That update, among other things, will officially support all of the Windows Mixed Reality headsets that will launch this fall from Dell, HP, Lenovo and Acer. Another product from Asus will launch in the spring of 2018. All of these headsets will be able to access 20,000 Windows 10 apps and games in VR, along with support for any SteamVR-based games.
The Dell Visor headset will have dual 1,440 x 1,440 displays inside that offer 110 degrees of view and a 90 Hz refresh rate. It also will have dual front-facing cameras that support tracking of the outside world, along with the ability to track the optional Windows Mixed Reality controllers. The front of the headset can also flip up so users can quickly see the real world without having to take it off. Dell says the Visor will have a balanced design so it can be worn on the head comfortably for hours, including cushions for both the back and front of the head.
If you have a PC that meets with Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality requirements, you can get the Dell Visor on its own for $349, or bundled with Microsoft’s controllers for $449. If you buy the headset by itself and decide to get the controllers later, you can do so for $99. After October 17, the Dell Visor will be sold at Best Buy, Microsoft Stores and other unnamed retailers.