Published: 11th May 2017 | Source:Arstechnica | Author: Mark Campbell
Microsoft announce their new Halo VR controllers
Microsoft has now announced their new Halo VR controllers as well as an upcoming $399 VR headset + controller bundle, which is set to release this fall.
These new Halo VR controllers utilise Microsoft's "inside-out" tracking system, which uses your VR headset's built-in cameras allowing the controllers to be tracked while inside the headset's field of view. These controllers will also come with grip and trigger buttons as well as a trackpad and joystick for additional control.
Now Microsoft has started selling Windows 10 VR headsets to US developers, with these "Developer kits" starting at $299. Right now there are two developers kits available, from Acer ($299) and HP ($329.99) with both models coming with dual 1440x1440 screens, a display refresh rate of 90Hz and a PSVR-like strap design.
Both of these new VR headset models come with USB and HDMI 2.0 cables for PC connectivity, requiring an HDMI 2.0 connection for a full 90Hz refresh rate. The display on this headset will come hinged, with the HMD offering a 95-degree field of view, which is narrower than the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, which both offer an 110-degree field of view.
At this time it is unknown how well these new VR headsets will cope with gaming loads, as their tracking system is not expected to be as accurate as what is available on competing VR headsets.
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