After the initial hype has died down in the virtual reality (VR) arena, Microsoft finally enters the fray and has started selling its “mixed reality” headsets. Built by Acer and HP, the VR headsets cost only $299 and $329 respectively.
However, there’s a catch: it’s for developers only.
The main draw of Microsoft’s VR headsets (the developer editions, at least) is price tag: it’s cheaper than its competitors.
The closest in price is currently Sony’s $399 PlayStation VR, but it requires a PlayStation 4. The Facebook-owned Oculus Rift temporarily dropped its price to $399 from its original $598, while HTC’s Vive costs $799.99.
Microsoft’s own HoloLens costs over $3,000.
Good luck getting HP’s VR headset though as it’s currently out of stock. Both models come with a pair of 1,440 x 1,440 displays, support for 90Hz refresh rates, a 95-degree field of view, and a single cable that carries both HDMI video and USB data.
Take note – even if you could get your hands on Microsoft’s mixed reality headset, you won’t really be able to use it just yet. Why? Because there’s no software for it – unless you’re developing something for the headset.