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Virtual reality technology is expensive. However, the headset of Microsoft's own reality mix, HoloLens, is yours for a price of over £ 3,000. Sure, the VR has started to become cheaper, but Acer says that the days of farewell to huge amounts of cash to enjoy the right VR experience well and truly is the past, with the launch of its own Windows Mixed Reality headset.
But what is a mixed reality? Well, this is a term that is barely well defined. Acer says it is the process of interacting with virtual objects as if they are physical, although this is not a clear definition. Difference between mixed reality and virtual reality? Well, I recommend nothing, but more about that later.
Review of Windows Mixed Reality Headset Acer: What you need to know
Acer's first kick on the VR headset is very interesting. This is shown for the first time since early 2017 at Acer's annual press show in New York, and this will cut the VR's most serious headset by a considerable margin. It is also supported by Windows as part of Microsoft's Mixed Reality software and software.
Reviews Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset: Price and competition
The Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset (yes, that full title, yawn), with a set of Oculus-style motion controllers, will set you back a penny under £ 400.
The Acer Competition Will be all the other companies that register following the mix between Microsoft Windows 10. There are five in total: Dell, Acer, Lenovo, HP and Asus. While the news on the latter two is a bit thin on the field and Dell Visor is now out of the wild, the Acer headset is the first to be launched.
It also faces competition from strong and established brands in the VR market. There's HTC Vive, which will set you back £ 600; The Oculus Rift, which is £ 400; and VR PlayStation for £ 349. There are also mobile and mobile VR heads belonging to Samsung and Google are cheap to consider: Gear VR and Daydream View.
Windows Mixed Reality Headset Review: Design
The Acer headset is light and well locked around my round noggin pretty well. It did not feel uncomfortable with my glasses, thanks to the roomy interior, something that Oculus could learn one or two things. Build quality feels a bit cheap, though, certainly compared to HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
But convenient and practical, and controllers are also worth doing. They look like the Oculus touch controller, with the joystick thumb on the top, sitting to the left of the circular touchpad and trigger button underneath, where your index and middle finger are sitting. This is a proven and well-designed design.
Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset Review: What is its function?
As far as I know, Acer headsets are not much different from Windows 10. competitors You can pretend to be in a remote location (Machu Picchu looks pretty all year round) and look at the 360 degree footage you have followed in your last ski trip. You can also do more general things, such as browsing the internet and browsing your emails, all with the streets of Microsoft's "Cliff House" reality show.
It all works like a scene with Tom Cruise in the Minority Report. Multitasking is easy to handle: You install multiple windows around your virtual home, dragging and dropping it to your liking, and teleport to the location using Oculus Rift style controller.
Best thing, though? You do not have to put additional sensors around the room to work. It works entirely through a combination of four specialized built-in sensors - gyro sensors, accelerometers, magnetometers and distance sensors - and I have never had any problems with tracking.
You can also use it with other Windows-branded VR headsets, although I can not fully test this. Since they all use Windows 10 as the base of the operating system, you should be able to Skype or play VR games with your friends, regardless of their Windows mixed devices.
However, the Mixed Reality Acer headset is very lacking when it comes to fun things. And no, this is not Acer's fault, but the VR storage libraries on the Windows Store are very rare, and great hiters - such as Arizona Sunshine and SUPERHOT VR - are already sitting on competing platforms.
And it's really embarrassing. The Oculus store overflows with hundreds of good titles, and obviously Microsoft has not given its game that offers a decent love. If Microsoft wants to market this device to the average consumer, it is imperative to make further efforts here. Yes, Steam VR support is coming soon - which should widen your game choice - but because the headset is a bit more than wasted potential.
Review of Windows Mixed Reality Headset Acer: Performance and specifications
Acer Acer headset comes with a 2.9 x 2 inch LCD screen, providing 1,440 x 1,440 resolution for each eye with a maximum refresh rate of 90Hz. This goes down to 60Hz on machines equipped with integrated graphics.
And the good news is the minimum specification specification suggests a VR headset that is nothing but power hungry. To achieve a solid and reliable frame rate, Acer recommends a machine with minimum 2GB DDR3 memory, integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 chip or Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M, and Intel Core i5-7200U processor. It's as difficult as Vive or Rift.
Inserting the headset into Acer Spin 7, with an Intel Core i7-7Y75 processor and 8GB of RAM without a dedicated graphics chip, this MR headset runs like a dream. His moves were smooth at a solid 60 fps, and I only experienced headset influence on me once during my time with him.
It's also less connection-heavy than your typical VR headset. Simply plug in the USB cable 3 and the solitary HDMI cable, insert the battery into the motion controller and you are ready to install it. There is no faff, and you are ready and ready in minutes.
Review of Windows Mixed Reality Headset Acer: Verdict
Acer's Windows Mixed Reality headset might be a sip, but this is certainly a worthy first attempt. I might be pulling the gun a bit - other devices on Microsoft's mixed reality umbrella have not gotten to my table yet - but I really do sell this interconnect approach to this virtual reality.
The headset is very cheap, and the hardware requirements are low, but the warning is that there is no point you can do with them first. I have never been fascinated with any software, and the Microsoft game library is very lacking in exclusive titles.
And of course, this is not technically as impressive as Microsoft's own HoloLens headset, and it does not completely map your living room, but at a cost of more than 10%, this complaint can be ignored.
It may still be in the early stages, but I can safely see the Acer VR headset (along with other Windows-labeled devices) that pave the way for the future of virtual reality. With a low fixed cost, Mixed Reality Acer headset has all the advantages of the best sellers.