First Windows Mixed Reality headsets to be released this October

Posted September 02, 2017

But unlike Microsoft's expensive Hololens, the Explorer-and other Windows Mixed Reality devices-aren't self-contained and must be tethered to a compatible Windows 10 device in order to function.

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update now has a release date: October 17. With the Fall Creators Update we are introducing some fun, new ways to get creative.

The biggest feature of the update is that it opens up support for virtual reality headsets with what Microsoft calls its Mixed Reality platform. This makes it easier for users to access their files from the cloud from all their Windows 10 devices. More specifically, the main goal is to complete the Fall Creators Update with the new Windows 10 Inside Preview 16278. Windows users and administrators can enforce the upgrade to install it as early as possible, or wait until Windows Update selects the PC for the update.

"Our mission at Microsoft is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more", said Microsoft Windows chief Terry Myerson in a press release.

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Microsoft waited long enough to commercially throw its hat in the mainstream virtual reality hardware ring, allowing Oculus, HTC and Sony to get dangerously close to the low price points of upcoming immersive Windows-powered headsets manufactured by Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo.

The Fall Creators Update also includes an improved Game Mode, and a new GPU resource tracker now resided in Task Manager. Files are retrieved from OneDrive whenever the user needs them. Starting November 7, users can play these games on the Xbox One X. Headsets and motion controllers (starting at $299) from these companies are expected to be release along with the Fall Creators Update on October 17, notes PCMag.

One of the key features of the Fall Creators Update (FCU) is Windows Mixed Reality. The update will also include the new Windows Fluent Design System, which will work to enhance the feel and look of apps and the operating system in general. As part of this effort, the first batch of Windows Mixed Reality headsets will be available on October 17. In April, the company promised to come up with twice-yearly Windows 10 updates in March and September.