According to their announcement, Microsoft is not just pursuing this in the commercial sector, but also plans to develop mixed reality features at the consumer level, specifically mentioning video games.
Microsoft will begin rolling out the Fall Creators Update on October 17, although it's likely to be a staged rollout, with the company testing it on newer devices and gradually pushing it out to others as it gets more feedback.
In a blog post, Terry Myerson, Executive VP of the Windows and Devices Group, discussed all of the ways that the Fall Creators Update will improve Windows 10. It's available from a wide range of partners around the world, like Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, and Lenovo with headsets starting as low as $299.
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For those without a headset, there will be a Mixed Reality viewer within Windows 10 on desktop.
Security features in the Fall Creators Update include a smarter Windows Defender thanks to cloud intelligence. In addition to software written for Microsoft's Mixed Reality API, they will also support the SteamVR platform, so a library of suitable games should materialize soon.
The Explorer features two-front mounted cameras for inside-out position tracking, meaning you won't need an external tracking camera like the Vive, Rift and PlayStation VR-the headset features a tracking space of up to 11.5 x 11.5 feet. Although presented as mixed reality, this platform is actually entirely virtual. The Windows headsets also incorporate sensor technology that Microsoft developed for its HoloLens augmented-reality headsets.
The update will be rolled out over a number of months, as Microsoft upgrades Windows 10 machines in phases. As such, buying one might come down to personal preference.
With the launch date confirmed for October, Microsoft is missing its very first deadline under the new system.