Microsoft to Start Shipping Windows Mixed Reality Development Kits in March

Microsoft to Start Shipping Windows Mixed Reality Development Kits in March

Microsoft says it will introduce mixed-reality content - a combination of virtual and augmented reality - to the Xbox One video game console next year.

Microsoft also discussed the limits on the Universal Windows Platform apps that are cleared for Xbox One. Also in the blog post on Wednesday, Kipman said that several PC makers, including Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Acer are all working on Mixed Reality headsets. They cost about $300 (roughly £250 or AU$400 converted). And in a move created to get developers excited, everyone in the audience at Microsoft's GDC session will be getting the headset for free.

There is also no extra equipment needed as the headset has inside-out tracking so no external sensors!

This foray will potentially pit Microsoft against brands such as its chief rival PlayStation VR, as well as established VR like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

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Game Mode also improves on Windows 10's tendency to allocate processing time to the focused window, devoting GPU processing cycles to a game that's now running and taking away GPU cycles from everything else.

The limitation of creating and publishing a game through a specific channel has to be erased now, as Microsoft has just announced its new plan to let any game developers develop and sell games through its Xbox platform without going through companies existing controls. In the meantime, this program will definitely help curious developers in getting their hands dirty with both Xbox and Windows 10 game development.

Windows VR headsets want to invade your living room, too. At this week's Game Developers Conference, held in San Francisco, the first of those questions has been answered. In his statement, Kipman said that Microsoft will deliver the support for the headsets next year. Microsoft's building a different ecosystem for these, built on what HoloLens already supports. Hopefully we will see these limits rise over time, the same way MS has dedicated more of the Xbox One's resources to games as the console has matured. It has built-in audio out and a 3.5mm mic jack, and you can connect it to your PC via a single HDMI 2.0 cable (for the display) and a USB 3.0 cable (for data).

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