I have already dedicated some articles about the Microsoft virtual reality headsets because I’m very curious about them. Microsoft promised these cheap VR headsets that works out of the box with Windows 10 and that provide positional tracking without external cameras, claiming that they’re even better than Oculus or Vive! In January they revealed them, but until yesterday no one had ever tried them.

At GDC 2017, finally, the first Windows 10 VR headset has been presented: it is made by Acer and offers all characteristics that Microsoft has promised: good graphical quality, inside-out tracking and cheap price ($299).

Some selected journalists have been able to try the prototype (but they couldn’t shoot photos or videos, damn!) and the feedbacks are:

  • It’s a bit like PSVR;
  • It is tethered;
  • It is not comfortable;
  • Framerate is still 60fps;
  • Blurred graphics;
  • Seldomly the positional tracking has glitches;
  • The experience sometimes crashes;
  • The controller is a gamepad.
  • It has flip-up display: meaning you can flip up the hmd just to return to the real world and flip it down again to go virtual (cool!);
  • It has inside-out tracking, so it doesn’t require external cameras;

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