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Windows Mixed Reality is a platform where different headset manufacturers and developers will provide you a quality virtual reality experience. The platform was introduced as a part of the Windows operating system. Designed to host multiple compatible VR headsets, the original headsets were aimed to compete with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. A compatible headset’s name worth mentioning here is Microsoft’s HoloLens, the Windows Mixed Reality flagship device.
How Does Mixed Reality Work on Windows 10?
Formerly known as “Windows Holographic,” the Mixed Reality Portal was designed to give you an experience of augmented reality that consists of elements both from the real and virtual worlds. This means you’ll experience everything normally but with an addition of augmented elements like in Pokémon Go. However, the quality of the objects will be way better than what you’ve experienced on your phone.
As for virtual reality, the entire view you get from your headset is digitally created. With no glimpses of the real world, the realistic environment you see yourself in is fully virtual. This is how virtual reality headsets like PlayStation VR and Samsung VR work. Moreover, when it comes to holographic visuals, we all know that a hologram is in question here as the goal of Microsoft. To give it to you straight, Mixed Reality aims to get the best out of these three worlds. This means you’ll get a mix of virtual, augmented, and holographic reality. However, don’t get your hopes up since there’s a long way till these goals are to be achieved.
What are the Headsets Like?
We’re sure you agree with us on the fact that three reality technologies packed up in one device sounds exciting. However, such is not the case in the first generation of Mixed Reality headsets. In fact, the headsets from Microsoft are short of basic augmented reality features. Also, in the original announcement made by Microsoft, the idea of headsets having cameras was pitched. Though that did not happen, Microsoft did get you headsets that would run similarly to Oculus and HTC’s headsets. They have average requirements and don’t cost a fortune.
When it comes to the price, the competition is pretty much stable since the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive is not more than a few bucks away from Microsoft’s headsets. Of course, the specs matter here, but Microsoft’s VR headsets are on the front line when we talk about the hardware’s prerequisites.
What You Can Expect from Mixed Reality in the Future
Although it is still in development, it is fair to share some speculations on what the Mixed Reality platform would be like one day. You can expect a platform that hosts various applications, games, 360 degrees videos, and other similar stuff. Developers would be given a green card to unleash their creativity and experiment in the world of multiple realities. Microsoft has also pitched an innovative scenario in which you’ll be able to launch games and apps by grabbing floating icons in your virtual house.
The sound of futuristic features sounds exciting, right? However, it’s only fair if you take these predictions with a pinch of salt since it will take a good while before you get the most out of Mixed Reality. For now, you can consider the HoloLens if you want a truly realistic virtual experience.