Microsoft’s next update for Windows 10 will be released on October 17th. Named the ‘Fall Creators Update’, the most interesting features is that support for virtual and mixed reality headsets will be available.
As is normal for Microsoft, the Insider program will slowly be releasing this in advance of the full release over the next month. The new support for the headsets is part of Microsoft’s Mixed Reality drive. The already announced Acer and HP mixed reality headsets will be released on the same day without the need for any external tracking boxes like their Virtual Reality cousins, the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive.
In addition to Acer, Dell and Lenovo will also be releasing headsets on the same day and Asus will be releasing one in 2018. The support for the headsets should be simple as they plug straight in to a PC via HDMI or USB with no need for external processing units. These headsets also support the SteamVR platform as well as Microsoft’s MR API.
The update for Windows 10 will also include eye-tracking with a beta test of the Tobii Eye Control navigation system, without the need for extra hardware.
Microsoft announced last week that as part of the Mixed Reality platform, some of its biggest franchises will be creating experiences for the medium, with 343 Industries confirmed to be bringing Halo related content to Microsoft’s MR devices.