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First Windows Mixed Reality headsets to be released this October

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Windows Mixed Reality is possibly the most interesting feature arriving in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. That said, not all users are enthused with the necessity to upgrade, because, as we have come to realize, Windows 10 upgrades can break apps and hardware drivers. Files are retrieved from OneDrive whenever the user needs them.

Mixed reality has always been on Microsoft's radar, as earlier this year, it introduced Paint 3D.

No new features were announced by Windows chief Terry Myerson at the event, but that's to be expected since Windows Insiders have been testing the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update for months now.

The company has also improved Game Mode with the FCU, allowing you to "use the full processing power of your device as if it was an Xbox game console", from a button on the Game Bar.

On the security side, the Fall Creators Update, Windows Defender will be smarter. 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. That allows eye controllers to replace mouse and keyboard. Eye Tracking on Windows 10 will still be in beta for the Fall Creators Update, but it should mean that more users will be able to try it out.

The Halo franchise is coming to Windows Mixed Reality in some form or another, Microsoft has confirmed. "One that is easy to setup, not requiring you to mount cameras around the room, just put the headset on your head, plug it into your PC and get started, leaving your hands free to interact with the mixed world", Myerson continued. Microsoft plans to target these features first at advanced video game players using VR headsets, with business applications to follow, officials said. Headsets and motion controllers (starting at $299) from these companies are expected to be release along with the Fall Creators Update on October 17, notes PCMag. Acer's headset will cost $299, while HP's will cost $329.

That's the difficulty with nailing down anything about Windows Mixed Reality at the moment - it covers the whole gamut of virtual reality headsets and augmented reality devices like the Hololens.

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