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Microsoft reveals release date for Windows Mixed Reality headsets

Microsoft reveals release date for Windows Mixed Reality headsets

Lenovo was announced as one of the companies creating the Windows 10 Mixed Reality headsets earlier this year, alongside other brands such as Dell, Acer and ASUS.

Today, we're pleased to announce that the next update of Windows 10, the Fall Creators Update, will be available worldwide October 17. Below is a summary of all the new things Microsoft confirmed for the Fall Creators Update release.

Mixed reality is the term Microsoft uses to describe software that covers both augmented and virtual reality. The best part is that the OneDrive files can be accessed without having to sync the folder in entirety. As "launch" and "release" don't always coincide with Microsoft products, Server 1709 also will likely begin rolling out to users in October.

As far as gaming is concerned, Windows Creators Fall updates the Game Mode, which allows games to use the full processing power of a user's device.

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Lenovo revealed its Windows 10-powered Explorer AR and VR combination headset at IFA 2017 in Berlin, showing the fruits of Microsoft's initiative to make affordable headsets that appeal to all sorts of users.

Security features in the Fall Creators Update include a smarter Windows Defender thanks to cloud intelligence. Promises easier setup and handling, as it comes with just a headset that you need to plug into the PC.

That's a bit later than expected, as this past April Microsoft committed to twice-yearly Windows 10 updates in March and September, in perpetuity. You can get the headset by itself for $350, but if you want it bundled with the motion controller, it will cost you $450... the same price as the PlayStation VR bundle or $50 less than the Oculus Rift bundle. However, Microsoft has finally put a shipping date on the Fall Creators Update, and the big day is scheduled for October 17.

The update will be rolled out over a number of months, as Microsoft upgrades Windows 10 machines in phases. That being said, you can use a keyboard and mouse with the headset as well as an Xbox One controller so you won't necessarily have to buy the touch controllers, though there is probably going to be specific content which requires them.


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