Glossary:Windows Mixed Reality

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Windows Mixed Reality Immersive Headsets
Windows Mixed Reality Immersive Headsets

For a list of games, see List of VR games.

Key points
Includes a headset and two wireless controllers.
Motion controllers require a PC or a USB adapter with Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.
Requires a workaround to play games that are designed for the Oculus Rift. See Revive.

General information

Official website
Windows Mixed Reality on Wikipedia
Windows Mixed Reality on Reddit

Headset information

Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset
Dell Visor
HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset
Lenovo Explorer
Asus HC102
Samsung HMD Odyssey
HP Reverb G2 Headset

Official software[edit]

Mixed Reality Portal[edit]

Windows 10, and a Microsoft account is required to download the Mixed Reality Portal from the Microsoft Store.

Mixed Reality for SteamVR[edit]

Installing this compatibility layer is required to run SteamVR on Mixed Reality headsets.

Features[edit]

3D[edit]

Stereoscopic 3D.

Tracking[edit]

Each headset uses an accelerometer and gyroscope to track headset rotation, and uses inside-out tracking for room-scale motion tracking and controller tracking.

Each headset excluding the Dell Visor uses a proximity sensor to check if the headset is being worn.

Motion controllers[edit]

The Windows Mixed Reality Motion Controllers come with each headset, and are manufactured by each headset manufacturer independently, following Microsoft's exact hardware design and spec. This causes some controllers to be higher quality than other controllers, depending on who manufactured them. The Samsung HMD Odyssey and Samsung HMD Odyssey+ controllers use a unique, more rounded design and are said to be the best quality.

Each controller features a trigger, touchpad, analogue stick, a menu button and a system button. They are tracked via the headset's inside-out positional tracking cameras.

The HP Reverb G2 replaces the touchpad on each controller with two buttons, and uses a different layout for the analog stick, system/menu buttons, and grip buttons.

When the controllers leave the headset's positional camera's FOV, they are no longer tracked, but do still use gyroscope and accelerometer information to estimate the controller's position.

Windows Mixed Reality immersive headsets[edit]

Headset Display Audio Features Release Date Image
Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset 1440x1440 per eye. Total resolution of 2880x1440.

90 Hz low persistence LCD.

95° FOV.
3.5mm combo jack. Flip up display

4m cable

Fixed IPD
October 17, 2017 Acer Windows MR.jpg
Acer OJO 500 1440x1400 per eye. Total resolution of 2880x1440.

90 Hz low persistence OLED.

100° FOV.
Integrated headphones and microphone. Fixed display

4m cable

Adjustable IPD
November, 2018 Acer OJO 500.jpg
Asus Windows Mixed Reality Headset 1440x1440 per eye. Total resolution of 2880x1440.

90 Hz low persistence LCD.

95° FOV.

Aspheric Fresnel Lenses.
3.5mm combo jack. Flip up display

4m cable

Fixed IPD
June 12, 2018 RbzVzIxmTz647eLr setting fff 1 90 end 500.jpg
Dell Visor 1440x1440 per eye. Total resolution of 2880x1440.

90 Hz low persistence LCD.

110° FOV.
3.5mm combo jack. Flip up display

4m cable

Fixed IPD.
October 17, 2017 Dell Visor.jpg
HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset 1440x1440 per eye. Total resolution of 2880x1440.

90 Hz low persistence LCD.

100° FOV.
3.5mm combo jack and microphone Flip up display

4m cable

Fixed IPD
October 17, 2017 HP Windows MR.jpg
HP Reverb G2 2160x2160 per eye. Total resolution of 4320x2160.

90 Hz low persistence LCD.

114° FOV.
Integrated off-ear headphones and integrated microphone, similar to the Valve Index. 6m cable

Adjustable IPD
November, 2020 HP Reverb G2.png
Lenovo Explorer 1440x1440 per eye. Total resolution of 2880x1440.

90 Hz low persistence LCD.

105° FOV.
3.5mm combo jack. Flip up display

4m cable

Fixed IPD
October 17, 2017 Lenovo Explorer.jpg
Samsung HMD Odyssey 1440x1600 per eye. Total resolution of 2880x1600.

90 Hz low persistence OLED.

110° FOV.
Integrated AKG headphones and dual microphone array. Fixed display

4m cable

Adjustable IPD.
November 6, 2017 Samsung HMD Odyssey.jpg
Samsung HMD Odyssey+ 1440x1600 per eye. Total resolution of 2880x1600.

90 Hz low persistence OLED.

110° FOV.
Integrated AKG headphones and dual microphone array. 4m cable

Adjustable IPD
October 22, 2018 Samsung HMD Odyssey+.jpg

Essential improvements[edit]

Revive[edit]

Allows Windows Mixed Reality owners to play Oculus exclusive games via SteamVR. GitHub page with install instructions and downloads are here.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10 Fall Creators Update
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5 7200U
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) Intel Integrated HD Graphics 620
Nvidia MX150
Nvidia GeForce 965M
DirectX 12 compatible
Other 1x USB 3.0 or Type-C
HDMI 1.4 or DisplayPort 1.2
Bluetooth 4.0

References