Microsoft’s had their HoloLens AR or Augmented Reality headset for a while now. But there is one problem with it that could discourage some users. And that is because the headset is tethered to a computer, so you’re only limited to a certain amount of space that you can travel around because of cords. Now, at Microsoft’s product announcement in New York today, they announced that they are working with several partners to release standalone VR headsets that don’t require a tether.
The headsets would start at around the $299 price range, making it more affordable than the HoloLens. The partners that Microsoft has chosen to work with so far are Dell, HP, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer.
Microsoft made no announcement as far as specifications go, so it anyone’s guess as to how powerful the headsets will be. And interestingly, Facebook recently stated that they are beginning to work on a standalone VR headset, but it looks as though Microsoft beat them to the punch.
One reason as to why standalone VR headsets will become more common is because, with the other types of viewing VR content, you give up freedom to travel around a certain area as well as giving up your phone or computer. Standalone VR headsets offer that middle ground of viewing VR content without giving up anything.
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