Microsoft Introduces Cheaper, More Powerful VR Gear For Creators Update

Jovi Figueroa

Microsoft leads us to the age of virtual reality with these cheaper but more powerful VR headgear compared to the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

Virtual reality has been all the rage for the past years, with companies releasing new VR technology conference after conference. Microsoft, today, at the exclusive Microsoft event, announced two new pieces of exciting news for those who are eager to get their hands dirty with this new tech: the upcoming Creators Update for Windows and cheaper VR headgear.

Carrying the banner "3D for everyone," Microsoft introduced several new flagship products to bring 3D technology closer to everyone in terms of accessibility and price. One of these exciting new updates is the Windows 10 Creators Update, which is all about capturing and creating all things 3D. Microsoft says about the Windows 10 Creators Update via their blog:

Coming as a free update early next year to the more than 400 million devices running Windows 10 and available to Windows Insiders this week, the Creators Update will bring 3D and mixed reality to everyone, empower every gamer to be a broadcaster, connect people faster to those they care about most, and much more.
With the Creators Update, you and the millions of other Windows 10 users will turn on your laptop and be able to start capturing in 3D, printing in 3D, creating in 3D, sharing in 3D, and experiencing mixed reality.

Although there are cheaper alternatives to the HoloLens like the competitions' Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, Microsoft asserts that these alternatives are in fact not the most practical alternatives to the HoloLens. In fact, if you'd like a cheaper but even more powerful 3D gear than the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, a couple of companies are already developing 3D headgear accessories that will work well with Microsoft's more down-to-earth mixed reality vision.

Upload VR reports that Terry Myerson, Microsoft Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group, said at the Microsoft event:

"These headsets will be the first and only to ship with inside-out, six degrees of freedom sensors. Unlike every other virtual reality headset in the market today this means there'll be zero need for a separate room, zero need for a complicated setup. And while those other less immersive accessories today cost over $500, most of the time requiring a new, expensive device, we're announcing today that these Creators Update accessories will start at just $299."

— Mashable (@mashable) October 26, 2016

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