Microsoft to ship Acer mixed reality headset to developers

Microsoft announced today at the Game Developer Conference (GDC) in San Fransisco that they will begin to ship Acer Windows Mixed Reality Developer Edition headsets to developers this month.

Acer Windows Mixed Reality Development Edition headsetThese are the first mixed reality headsets to deliver built-in inside-out tracking, meaning there is no need to purchase or install external trackers or sensors in the wall. Moreover, you don’t need to bother with a complicated setup, just plug and play.

“We are thrilled to be working with Microsoft to deliver these first-ever Windows Mixed Reality development kits, to help developers realize the potential of the Windows Mixed Reality platform, and to further enrich the experience when Acer’s Windows Mixed Reality headsets for consumers and commercial customers ship later this year,” said the company in a statement.

Specifications for the Development Edition headset include:

  1. Two high-resolution liquid crystal displays at 1440 x 1440
  2. Display refresh rate up to 90 Hz (native)
  3. Built-in audio out and microphone support through 3.5mm jack
  4. Single cable with HDMI 2.0 (display) and USB 3.0 (data) for connectivity

To empower even more developers to create in mixed reality, we gave a “golden ticket” to game developers who attended our Windows Mixed Reality session at GDC, and those developers will receive the Acer developer edition headset in the coming months. Game developers interested in building content for Windows Mixed Reality can sign up for ID@Xbox. All other developers can learn about the Windows Mixed Reality program here.

When we begin the phased rollout of the developer kits this month, the kits will include the Acer headset, along with documentation and access to Windows 10 Insider preview builds and the software development kit (SDK) to enable developers to build mixed reality applications.