Pre-Orders For Windows 10 VR Development Kits Available

Alongside the reveal of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and the announcement that the upcoming Windows 10 VR headsets would be getting their own motion controllers, Microsoft has also revealed that pre-orders are now being accepted for development kits of the Windows 10 VR headsets.

Microsoft previously announced it was working with several tech manufacturers to produce the head-mounted display (HMD) units. Though the units are described by Microsoft as ‘mixed reality’ the headsets appear to be mostly dedicated to virtual reality (VR) applications, and are not cross-compatible with HoloLens applications for the most part.
Two companies are currently accepting pre-orders for Windows 10 headsets, HP and Acer. Currently both devices are only available as development kits, and the pre-order page on the Microsoft Store is specifying that the headsets are only for developers (although at Build 2017 today Microsoft’s Alex Kipman has stated these headsets won’t differ from the consumer versions). The specifications for the two devices are listed as almost identical, though only the HP device has a removable cable to perhaps eventually enable untethered VR.

VRFocus has covered the Acer headset before, but the HP headset is a different device which more closely resembles the HoloLens than a traditional VR headset such as the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. The Acer headset is listed as costing $299 (USD) while the HP device is more expensive at $329. Neither device currently includes the motion controllers which will be part of a $399 consumer bundle.
The pre-order listing has the release date as August 2017 for the development kit, and Microsoft are anticipating a commercial release of the Windows 10 VR headsets for December 2017. There has been no word yet on if Lenovo are still producing a headset.
VRFocus will bring you further news on the Windows 10 VR headsets once it becomes available.
Acer Mixed Reality Headset Specifications:

Two high-resolution liquid crystal displays at 1440 x 1440
2.89” diagonal display size (x2)
Front hinged display
95 degrees horizontal field of view
Display refresh rate up to 90 Hz (native)
Built-in audio out and microphone support through 3.5mm jack
Single cable with HDMI 2.0 (display) and USB 3.0 (data) for connectivity
Inside-out tracking
4.0 meter cable

HP Mixed Reality Headset Specifications:

Two high-resolution liquid crystal displays at 1440 x 1440
2.89” diagonal display size (x2)
Front hinged display
Double padded headband and easy adjustment knob for all day comfort
95 degrees horizontal field of view
Display refresh rate up to 90 Hz (native)
Built-in audio out and microphone support through 3.5mm jack
Single cable with HDMI 2.0 (display) and USB 3.0 (data) for connectivity
4.0m/0.6m removable cable
Inside-out tracking


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