Asus joins Windows mixed reality headset bandwagon

By : |September 4, 2017 0

Joining the likes of DELL and HP, Asus has also launched a mixed reality headset at IFA 2017. Asus Windows Mixed Reality Headset offers a 3K resolution(at 90 Hz) and uses inside out tracking via two cameras on the front of the device. The company claims the headset can be up and running in 10 minutes.

Asus is also making use of “quick drying antibacterial materials” to avoid any sweat-related germs passing between users. It comes complete with Microsoft’s VR controllers, which looks similar to those bundled with the HTC Vive. The Asus Windows Mixed Reality headset takes Microsoft’s reference design and wraps it up in a “3D Polygon” shell, complete with PlayStation VR-like headband design that distributes its 400g weight across the forehead so that it does not cause face fatigue.

The controllers themselves are designed by Microsoft and clearly sail close to the style laid down by Oculus for its Touch paddles. The biggest difference is a less gaming-focused button layout, with a touchpad, Windows key and thumb stick on the main platform. Asus’ headset feels much lighter than its rivals, and the company included an antimicrobial cushion on the inside.

Priced on the steep side at €449 (about $535), no release date has been confirmed yet.

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