With the launch of Windows 10’s Fall Creators Update back in the middle of October, we saw Microsoft’s first real foray into virtual reality, or mixed reality as they’ve branded it. Windows Mixed Reality has spawned a number of headsets from regular PC manufacturers like Dell, Lenovo and Asus, and as of 15th November next week, they’ll be gaining compatibility with the wide array of VR games and apps through SteamVR.
This is an expansion of the developer preview that has previously been available, but opens the gates to the beta support to all, and will go a long way to making WMR headsets a viable platform. SteamVR doesn’t just have games from Arizona Sunshine to Project Cars 2 under its umbrella, but apps like Virtual Desktop and Tilt Brush.
Windows Mixed Reality headsets work on different principles to other platforms, with cameras built into the headset itself that scan the environment and use that for tracking information, as opposed to having external cameras or laser stations. This leads to an interesting situation where the system’s motion controllers are only tracked when in view of the cameras, though how this actually affects apps and games is reportedly quite minimal.
Source: Ars Technica