Asus Mixed Reality headset was revealed at IFA in Berlin recently and offers a mixture of augmented reality and virtual reality. Where mixed reality wants to make a point of differentiation is in offering a system of front-mounted cameras that can give you either real world objects in your virtual world, or virtual objects in the real world. This is, in essence, a fusion of VR and AR (augmented reality).
The key difference to some of the mobile VR systems is that Windows Mixed Reality is designed to make you feel like you’re a participant in the action, rather than a spectator, as many basic VR experiences are on rails – you follow a path looking around in an entirely synthetic world.
The Asus Windows Mixed Reality Headset offers dual 1440 x 1440 pixel displays (for a total of 2880 x 1440) that operate at up to 90Hz. The Headset also includes sensors such as a gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer. Everything to make the virtual reality experience as accurate as possible.
Microsoft’s Windows MR platform offers inside-out tracking (6DoF) systems that don’t require external cameras, and each Windows MR HMD features two front-facing cameras that provide spatial tracking for the unit. The Asus headset also includes a proximity sensor. You don’t need external camera sensors to confine you in a spatial boundary.
Asus Mixed Reality headset comes with a face covering surface that’s antibacterial. That will protect users with sweaty germs when sharing the same headset with others. There’s some sort of a quick drying antibacterial material used.
According to Arstechnica, Asus Mixed Reality headset is priced around $535. That’s a bit high, even if we assume that they have motion controllers included. Dell’s headset is priced at $350 and if motion controllers are bundled together then $450.
It is made sure that Asus Mixed Reality headset doesn’t put strain on one’s neck, by wearing it for longer periods of time. The headset weighs less than 400 grams. Is it worth the money? I’ll leave that on the readers to judge. Considering Oculus Rift for $400 or Dell’s HMD for $350.