Still, Microsoft picked the branding since it may eventually incorporate other sensory aspects of augmented reality into the headset, hence the mixed reality name.
Others, including the Samsung Gear VR and Google's Daydream, are aimed at the wider audience of people who use smartphones. The HMD Odyssey has been revealed and users are already able to preorder it. "Working with Microsoft to include SteamVR compatibility with these devices is also a big step in growing VR as an open platform for developers and consumers". The prices for those headsets start at about $400.
According to Microsoft's mixed reality lead, Alex Kipman, there are now no plans to rebrand Altspace or announce new apps, and the team is largely the same as before the acquisition.
Microsoft got our hopes up when it said that Steam support was headed to its mixed reality platform, only to later clarify that it would not be ready for launch. On the other hand, virtual reality requires expensive headsets and personal computers that are powerful enough to run the software.
Samsung is most certainly trying to create a viable market for its 360 degrees VR and Mixed reality technologies by regularly updating and developing the hardware. It began its push into the area two years ago with an expensive headset called the HoloLens that so far has primarily been used inside companies.
Microsoft is set for an all-out assault on the VR market with its range of Windows Mixed Reality headsets from a variety of OEMs, launching in 2 weeks time on the 17th October, coinciding with the release of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. By all reviews, the headset is a little more VR than AR - but the Oculus Rift competitor should have gamers somewhat excited.
The professional VR headset is booming day by day.