Microsoft Shows Windows Mixed Reality Controllers
Microsoft announced the VR motion controllers for its Windows Mixed Reality headset at the annual Build developer conference, they’re cheaper than we thought.
Windows Mixed Reality Headset & Controllers $400
These controllers will be bundled with the VR headsets being developed by Lenovo, HP, Dell, Asus and Acer, which will be on sale for the holiday season. One of the firsts to come out will be the Acer headset and controller bundle, which will be priced at $400, much cheaper than the $800 HTC Vive bundle and $600 Oculus Rift bundle.
The motion controllers look like a mix of the Oculus Touch and HTC Vive controllers we already know. The Microsoft ones are wireless, include a touchpad, a thumbstick, and feature a ring at the end for spatial tracking accuracy. The Windows Mixed Reality controllers won’t require external sensors because they will already be placed into the headset.
The Windows Mixed Reality controllers are an important step in Microsoft’s efforts to start its Virtual Reality venture with a lot of immersion, until now, the headsets required standard Xbox controllers.
Microsoft’s strategy seems to be based on highly competitive prices that will be hard to match for the high-end Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets during the holiday season. With its new controllers, the fight will be among equals and fierce.