Microsoft’s “Windows Mixed Reality” Platform has finally come out and the first batch of Supported VR Headsets are becoming available. At The 400$ (350€) The Acer Mixed Reality Headset is the most affordable out of all of them.
Acer Windows VR Specs and Minimum Requirements
As the least expensive headset in the Windows VR line-up it’s not going to have the most amazing screen, but the display is nowhere near disappointing as it’s a 90Hz capable display with a claimed 1,440 × 1,440 per-eye resolution and a 105 degree Field of View, which is sharper compared to the Vive and Rift’s 1,080 × 1,200 per-eye resolution. The “Screen-door effect” is harder to see, but it’s still noticeable as the Display isn’t OLED like in the Samsung Odyssey Windows VR.
The Lenses it’s using are Fresnel Lenses with medium grit ridges which are better than the Vive’s Lenses, but worse than the Odyssey and Rift. Sadly there are noticeable god ray artifacts in high contrast scenes.
The Acer Windows VR, like all other “Windows Mixed Reality” Headsets includes two front-facing cameras for inside-out tracking, this means you will not need external sensors, beacons or cameras for head and controller tracking, Despite Microsoft calling the Acer (and all their other Windows VR Headsets) “Mixed Reality” , there is no pass-through video or augmented reality functionality from the cameras.
Headset Design & Ergonomics
The Headset itself is very heavy, weighing in at a enormous 848 Grams (1.87 pounds), which makes it heavier than the Odyssey and the heaviest consumer VR Headset out there, the materials it uses feel cheaper than it’s competitors, but it doesn’t feel too “toy-like”, The headset also sits off-balance to the right side because of how heavy the cord is which requires constant counter-tilting and tightening the head-strap more than you should need to. The headset also supports both HDMI 2.0 and HDMI 1.4
Software And Platform
The Platform it’s on doesn’t have a lot of software yet as it launched a couple of weeks ago which could be a deal-breaker for some, but with a SteamVR bridge, SteamVR Games and applications should work without any optimisation, however Microsoft says its recommended they are optimised, there is also a Windows 10 Update coming November the 15th, that will optimise VR stability and performance.
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