Image: the new Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset

CAPE TOWN - Microsoft launuched its own Virtual reality headset known as the Acer Windows Mixed Reality.

Windows Mixed Reality will be available in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, and headsets are now available to buy. While Microsoft has picked the “Mixed Reality” naming for its initial headsets, they’re only capable of virtual reality experiences. 

 Microsoft’s range of headsets are similar to the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and many manufacturers are selling bundles that include touch controllers.What makes the Windows Mixed Reality different, is that the headsets do not require separate sensors.

Microsoft is offering movement tracking without the need for traditional external sensors placed throughout a room.

Windows Mixed Reality headsets have cameras and sensors to track the motion controllers. This is great for plugging headsets into a laptop for taking VR to another destination. 

However, The lack of the external sensors mean the device won't do a good job of picking up movements in games that would require you to place your hands behind your back. Acer was the original developer headset for Windows Mixed Reality, and it’s also one of the more basic of the bunch at just $299.  You get a resolution of 1440 x 1440 per eye, an LCD display, and a 95-degree field of view. 

It’s a combination of blue and black on the outside, and compact enough to place in a backpack. However, The only way you can get it to South Africa is through shipping.