Those of you who have been eagerly awaiting mixed reality technology within the Microsoft ecosystem, the Redmond-based company will begin rolling out the latest iteration of its operating system on April 11, and also it has confirmed that mixed reality (MR) support will be included.
It will be free for all Windows 10 owners. Though at the moment it won’t mean much for consumers until Acer and other partner manufacturers start launching devices (such as headsets) that actually support the technology.
However, developers that will be getting the Acer Windows Mixed Reality Development Edition in the coming weeks and months will be able to dive straight in and start making content for the headsets, which feature 6 degrees of freedom (DOF) inside out positional tracking.
The update boasts of many other features that could blend well with Microsoft’s goal of powering a truly mixed reality based ecosystem. With paint 3D for instance, Microsoft is bringing in 3-dimensional content creation to the table.
Also, you’ll still be able to use your Oculus Rift and HTC Vive through apps when the update hits, but neither headset has announced plans to integrate with the OS itself at this time.
MR isn’t available on all Windows devices as of now. However, Microsoft’s own Project Scorpio is slated to gain support for mixed reality content by 2018.