Microsoft partners to ship first VR headsets in March, available to developers at GDC

Michael Cottuli

Microsoft is shipping out its own VR headsets soon (via CIO), offering a new bit of hardware to people who have been following the virtual reality scene up to this point. The headsets, however, won’t be competing with things like Oculus Rift or HTC Vive – it’s going to be reserved for developers.

Instead of being a game-focused entertainment peripheral, Microsoft’s unnamed headset was designed specifically for developers to test out HoloLens programs, and have a better platform to develop on for mixed reality.

Microsoft is expected to be revealing details about the new “mixed reality headsets” during their webshow, which will be taking place on February 8th. For now, all we know is that it’s going to be available at the upcoming Game Developers Conference (GDC)

Here’s what else you can expect from the webshow:

  • Learn what’s new with Windows developer tooling: UWP tooling, BASH, Developer mode, and more
  • Learn about the latest XAML advancements, and how UWP helps you build Windows apps that are more personal and productive
  • The developer story behind the recent announcements of Cortana skills and the new Windows mixed reality headsets
  • A live Q&A panel, where anyone can ask their questions

OnMSFT will keep you up to date as soon as more information becomes available.