At this weeks //Build event Microsoft was keen to push a few areas of growth including AI, AR/VR and Mixed Reality. Microsoft entered AR space with HoloLens in the past which developers can pick up for $3,000, a price tag that is beyond most home users right now. Beyond that, Microsoft have previously spoken, and did so again at the //Build event, about mixed reality headsets being built by third party companies which will be more affordable and mix VR and AR technology.
Acer and HP have created two such headsets which are available to pre-order now.
The Acer Mixed Reality headset looks closer to something like the PlayStation VR design rather than the bulkier HTC Vive. The Developer Edition is available to pre-order for $299.
HP on the other hand went for a sleeker design and comes in at $329. The headsets have an August 2017 planned release.
Both headsets are well below the price of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive and bode well for what prices the home users can expect when they become available to non-developers.
There is also talk of Project Scorpio bringing Mixed Reality features to the Xbox game space when it launches later this year.