A hands-on look at HP’s Windows Mixed Reality headset (video)

Developers can now pre-order Developer Edition Mixed Reality headsets from HP from the Microsoft Store in USA and Canada. It features state-of-the-art, inside-out tracking so you don’t need to set up external cameras or IR emitters to have a truly immersive experience as you move with six degrees of freedom (6DoF) in mixed reality. The HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset Developer Edition is priced at $329 USD and has the following specs:

  • Two high-resolution liquid crystal displays at 1440 x 1440
  • Front hinged display
  • 95 degrees horizontal field of view
  • Display refresh rate up to 90 Hz (native)
  • Built-in audio out and microphone support through 3.5mm jack
  • Single cable with HDMI 2.0 (display) and USB 3.0 (data) for connectivity
  • Inside-out tracking
  • 4.0m/0.6m removable cable
  • Double-padded headband and easy adjustment knob for all day comfort

CNET has managed to get hands-on with the device, and have posted the following video:

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They warn that while the device itself is somewhat remarkable for a new entrant, it’s not as performant as high-end VR headsets from HTC and Oculus, though of course closer to half the price.

The developer edition of the headset will ship in August 2017 can be found in the Microsoft Store here (USA / Canada).