Windows Mixed Reality headsets will support Steam VR games

We are slowly but surely getting closer to the time when consumers will finally be able to buy headsets that will use Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality platform, which was first announced way back in October 2016. Today, the company announced an update on those plans, revealing that those headsets will also be able to run SteamVR games, in addition to Windows 10 apps.

The addition of Steam VR content for these Windows Mixed Reality headsets is a huge one for Microsoft and the third-party partners that are actually making and selling them. While there will likely only be a few Windows 10 mixed reality apps that will be available for the launch of these products, there are already a large number of Steam VR games available to purchase and download, thanks in part to the fact that the HTC Vive supported Steam VR from the start.

One of the third-parties that are making Windows Mixed Reality headsets is Dell. In a separate announcement, the company said its Dell Visor headset will go on sale sometime this holiday season for $359.99, or with a controller bundle for $459.99. The headset will come with a flip-up visor so that owners can quickly change from their regular view of the world to the mixed reality world. Other headsets that support Windows Mixed Reality will be released this fall from HP, Lenovo, and Acer.

Microsoft will also label computers that work with the headsets as either Windows Mixed Reality PCs or Windows Mixed Reality Ultra PCs. The regular PCs will have integrated graphics chips and can run apps on the headsets at up to 60 frames per second.  The Ultra PCs will have discreet graphics cards and can run apps at up to 90 frames per second on those headsets.

Finally, Microsoft confirmed that its own 343 Industries game studio is working to create experiences based on the best selling Halo franchise for Windows Mixed Reality-based headsets. No other details about those games were revealed.

Hopefully we won’t have to wait too much longer for the first Windows Mixed Reality headsets to finally go on sale to the general public. In the meantime, are you planning to buy one of these headsets for your Windows 10 PC? Let us know in the comments!

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