Mixed reality is coming to the forefront of Microsoft’s game plan as we move onto the next big iteration of Windows 10, and so new mixed reality headsets are taking the stage to grab a piece of that pie. Today, we have two headsets going up for pre-order: The HP and Asus Windows Mixed Reality Headsets.
From a technical standpoint, these two headsets are almost identical. Here are the technical specifications, applicable to both headsets.
Windows 10 – Creators Update (Developer Mode enabled)
Desktop: Intel Desktop i7 (6+ Core) OR AMD Ryzen 7 1700 (6 Core, 12 threads
Notebook: NVIDIA GTX 965Ml | AMD RX 480M (2GB) equivalent or greater | DX12 and WDDM 2.2 capable GPU
Desktop: NVIDIA GTX 980/1060 | AMD Radeon RX 480 (2GB) equivalent or greater | DX12 and WDDM 2.2 capable GPU
Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 2.2
Thermal design power
15W or greater
HDMI 1.4 or Display Port 1.2 for 60 Hz HMDs
HDMI 2.0 or Display Port 1.2 for 90 Hz HMDs
1x available graphics display port for HMD
32 bits of color per pixel
16GB or greater
>10GB additional free space
1x available USB port for HMD
USB 3.0 Type-A
Note: USB must supply a minimum of 900mA
>Bluetooth 4.0 (for accessory connectivity)
You can check out the HP Mixed Reality headset here, and its Acer cousin over here. These headsets are meant for developers, so consumers looking to purchase one might want to hold off – they aren’t meant for everybody. If you’re convinced you want to choose one of them to take home with you, keep in mind that the only real difference is in their design.