Microsoft will make one last push to promote its upcoming Windows Mixed Reality platform, and the many third-party companies that will launch VR and AR headsets that support it. Today, Microsoft sent out invites to select media outlets to attend a press event focusing on Windows Mixed Reality, to be held in San Francisco on October 3.
According to The Verge, the invite stated that Microsoft will give attendees an “opportunity to hear where Microsoft is headed next” in its Windows Mixed Reality plan. It also stated that Alex Kipman, who helped to create Microsoft’s HoloLens headset and technology, will be speaking at the press event. However, the story adds that Microsoft won’t be showing off a next generation version of the HoloLens headset at the October event.
Instead, this event will likely focus on the four Windows Mixed Reality headsets that will begin going on sale on October 17 from Dell, HP, Lenovo and Acer (a fifth headset, from ASUS, won’t go on sale until Spring 2018). The cheapest of these headsets will be priced as low as $299, without controllers. That’s still much cheaper than the price for the current PC-based VR headsets, the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift.
Microsoft will also likely show some new software that will be released this fall that will be compatible with the headsets. The company has already stated that over 20,000 Windows 10 apps and games will be supported, and the headsets will also work with the many SteamVR-based games released for the PC.