Microsoft and 343 Industries are working on bringing the Halo universe to the Windows Mixed Reality platform with Halo VR. Microsoft didn’t elaborate on what the project was or even if it was a port of an existing title, a new entry or a totally self-contained experience.
What they did show was a list of apps that would make up the first wave of apps coming to the Windows Mixed Reality Store. As you can see there are quite a few known names with Halo’s logo appearing on the third row.
Alex Kipman wrote
It’s my pleasure to let you know that we are working with 343 Industries to bring future Halo experiences into mixed reality. We are not providing specifics right now, but it is going to be a lot of fun to work with them.
If you are unfamiliar with Mixed Reality, it is Microsoft and technology partners like Acer, HP, Lenovo and DELL creating headsets which use VR and AR aspects using some of the tech from Microsoft’s own HoloLens. While the HoloLens is pretty expensive at $3,000 for the developer edition, the 3rd party devices are more affordable than current VR devices coming in at around the $300 price point with Acer and HP developer headsets available now.
Microsoft also confirmed that Steam content would work on Windows Mixed Reality headsets, a boon for Microsoft to get a running start with its virtual experiences. With headsets starting at the $300 price point and headset with motion controller bundles coming in at $399, Microsoft represents a new player in the virtual market which HTC has been struggling with if not for the expensive setup needed to get going.