Microsoft’s push into the worlds of VR and AR is really gathering pace with the announcement of a new dedicated controller.
The Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers are broadly similar to the Oculus Touch controllers in appearance, but also share traits with HTC’s Vive controllers. They are topped by ringed optical trackers, include triggers and grip buttons, as well as both a thumbstick and track pad.
Developer are now also able to pre-order the first Windows mixed reality headsets from Acer and HP, which are priced at $299 and $329 respectively.
Also confirmed is a bundle including the Acer headset and the Mixed Reality Controllers for $399, with a release date of this holiday.
All Windows VR hardware will do away with the need to install sensors or lighthouses around the play area.
A customer who pairs a Windows Mixed Reality headset with motion controllers will have a rich and immersive experience across creativity tools, productivity, games, and entertainment,” Microsoft said.
The motion controllers offer precise and responsive tracking of movement in your field of view using the sensors in your headset. There is no need to install hardware on the walls around you. We created the controllers as a high-quality and comfortable input device with the same ease of setup and portability as our headsets. Our device partners plan to market and sell these controllers on retail shelves this holiday.
We are keeping our promise to deliver a new mixed reality experience for everyone at an affordable price point.”
The announcements came as part of a wider set of news, including deeper integration with Android and a Windows Store release for iTunes. You can check out all that news here.
Here’s a trailer for theWindows Mixed Reality motion controllers: