Most of the main PC makers are creating Windows Mixed Reality headsets, and a number of them are available to purchase today. Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Samsung are all creating headsets, and the cheapest will be priced at $299. Not all will come bundled with wireless motion controllers, and not all are created equal with the same comfort and specs. We’ll have a guide to the best in the coming weeks, but here’s an overview of all the headsets available to purchase.
Acer Windows Mixed Reality HMD – $299, or $399 with motion controllers
Acer was the original developer headset for Windows Mixed Reality, and it’s also one of the more basic of the bunch at just $299. You get a resolution of 1440 x 1440 per eye, an LCD display, and a 95-degree field of view. It’s a combination of blue and black on the outside, and compact enough to place in a backpack. You can buy Acer’s headset here.
Dell Visor – $349, or $449 with motion controllers
Dell’s Mixed Reality headset improves on Acer’s with more comfortable padding, and an improved 110-degree field of view. You still get the same resolution of 1440 x 1440 per eye and an LCD display, but you’re paying a little extra for a better design and more adjustability and comfort. You can buy Dell’s Visor here.
HP Windows Mixed Reality headset – $449 with motion controllers
HP’s headset is similar to Acer’s in terms of specs, but with a Tron-like design. HP is selling the headset as a bundle with the motion controllers for $449, although you can technically buy the development edition separately for $329. Just like Acer, it’s a resolution of 1440 x 1440 per eye, an LCD display, and 95-degree field of view. You can buy HP’s Mixed Reality headset here.
Lenovo Explorer – $399 with motion controllers
Lenovo’s Explorer headset is one of the lightest Windows Mixed Reality headsets available. While it has a resolution of 1440 x 1440 per eye, Lenovo has pushed the field of view to 105 degrees on the LCD displays. It’s one of the more affordable and comfortable Windows Mixed Reality headsets available. You can buy Lenovo’s Explorer headset here.
Samsung HMD Odyssey – $499 with motion controllers
Samsung’s Windows Mixed Reality headset is one of the best ones available. While it’s not arriving until November 10th, it includes a better resolution of 1440 x 1600 per eye, 110-degree field of view, and an OMOLED display. Samsung has also built AKG headphones into the headset, making it a true Oculus Rift competitor. Samsung’s pricing does place it $100 above Oculus’ recently discounted Rift and Touch bundle, though. You can preorder Samsung’s HMD Odyssey here.
Asus Windows Mixed Reality headset – approximately $530
Asus unveiled its Windows Mixed Reality headset at IFA this year with European pricing set at 449 euros. We’re still waiting to hear about US pricing and motion controller bundle options. Asus has opted for a resolution of 1440 x 1440 per eye, 95-degree field of view, and LCD displays. Asus does have one of the most unique designs, with a 3D polygonal shell on the front. Asus won’t be releasing its headset until early next year, and you can find more information here.
Reference: THE VERGE.