Computex 2017: Microsoft shows off Dell and Asus Windows Mixed Reality headsets

Microsoft on Wednesday pointed out partnerships with Intel, Qualcomm, ASUS, HP, Huawei, Lenovo and Xiaomi.

Check out the gallery for images of the various HMDs from Microsoft's Mixed Reality partners along with updated information about the devices. ASUS has, however, kept the design of the front of the headgear unique with the introduction of a polygonal 3D cover panel. The Lenovo headset includes "built-in sensors to enable inside-out tracking and simplified set-up to let users move around more easily".

Han spoke about a diverse mix of Windows 10 devices that take advantage of new capabilities such as enhanced inking, built-in game broadcasting, and advanced security all captured in handsome hardware designs.

The head strap also appears slightly different, now with "comfortable cushions that can be replaced for a personalized experience", which weren't shown on the prototype model that appeared at CES. The device will also be ultra-light and come with a six degrees of freedom (DOF) tracked motion controller to deliver an incredibly immersive mixed reality (MR) experience to users.

Beyond that, we don't have any hardware specifications for this headset, though we imagine the spec sheet will read the same as the other two, or at least be similar.

At Computex 2017 this morning, Microsoft and a variety of hardware partners showed off the final designs of the Windows Mixed Reality headsets that will ship in time for the holidays. Once again, the styling is overall similar to the others, but with a white color scheme sets it apart.

Microsoft delved into key areas of focus that it believes will inspire customers, increase momentum in the PC market with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and finally stimulate merging categories including Windows Mixed Reality and Azure solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT). The HMD was "designed by the same team that craft's [Dell's] XPS and Alienware PCs", according to Microsoft. It includes a cable routing mechanism to keep them out of the way, and the visor flips up for easy visibility. We also suspect it will have the same or similar specs to both Acer and HP. We do know they will likely cost anywhere from $299 and up just based on the pre-order (US and Canada only) availability of the Acer ($299) and HP ($329) headsets from the Microsoft Store.

  • Fernando Stephens