At Devices and Networking Summit 2015 which is happening next week, Microsoft Research is going to demonstrate their VR head-mounted display. There will be 14 different demos at this event and one of them is about “Attaining Quality, Responsiveness and Mobility for Virtual Reality Head-mounted Displays”. David Chu from Microsoft Research will be presenting this project.
Head-mounted Displays are a promising way to achieve virtual reality (VR). For truly immersive VR, three properties are essential: quality, responsiveness and mobility. Existing systems fail to achieve all three. We demonstrate Irides, a stereo HMD system that aims to achieve all three. Irides offloads rendering work to powerful remote GPUs for high quality visuals, adapting previous work on speculative execution to overcome any motion-to-photon (including network) latencies.
Even though Microsoft has no plans to release a dedicated VR headset anytime soon, it will be interesting to know what MSR team is up to when compared to Oculus and others. You read our editorial on why Microsoft should release a dedicated VR headset in addition to HoloLens.