At least week's Windows 10 event, Microsoft not only showed off impressive Surface hardware but also talked about the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update, which will offer new features for 3D content creation.
The software giant hinted its partners are working on more affordable VR headsets, partners like HP, Lenovo, Dell, Acer and ASUS are all working on devices that provide inside-out, six-degrees of freedom without needing external sensors. Some of the more affordable versions are expected to hit the market for $299 in 2017.
Not a lot of information was provided but now we learn these devices will be showcased at two WinHEC events in December; one takes place on December 8th and the other on December 14th. At these events, Microsoft will also show off its Windows Holographic platform.
At these events, Microsoft will finally share some more detailed specifications for its virtual reality headsets. We will also get a look at Windows Holographic, which will play an important role when it comes to pushing Universal Windows Apps forward over the next year.
The main goal Microsoft has with these headsets is to reduce the barrier of entry for virtual reality, while also supplying a useful, less expensive option for creative and productive use. All of the required sensors are contained within the headset itself, removing the need for complicated setups or a VR-specific space.
Microsoft is on a roll recently and more and more observers note Apple and Microsoft seem to have switched places.