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Microsoft is ready to turn VR into a reality

Friday, January 5, 2018 - 11:15

At a technology event in San Francisco a while ago, Microsoft revealed some of its plans concerning virtual and augmented reality. And the least you can say is, those plans are looking pretty impressive.


With the release of Windows 10, Microsoft is making AR and VR a top priority. The company showed off a new series of AR and VR headsets, that will be available by the end of the year (just in time for the holiday season, of course). The Windows update will include full support for their so-called Mixed Reality – a technology that is situated somewhere between augmented and virtual reality. Microsoft was already supporting headsets from Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo, and is now working on a partnership with Samsung.


Walk around in the virtual Cliff House


One of the most remarkable features of the Windows 10 update, is Microsoft’s virtual Cliff House. By using a headset of one of the brands named earlier, you’ll be able to step into this amazing virtual space, located on top of a hill somewhere in California. Trees and the ocean fill the background, while the interior is stuffed with all your familiar Windows apps. You can simply place your apps around you as you walk through the house: put your Facebook wall above your head, a YouTube screen right in front of your face and tweet about it using the Twitter app in the corner below.


Another promising novelty, is the VR coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, that Microsoft is planning in co-operation with Intel. Thanks to a mixed reality experience, viewers will be able to see their favourite sports in 360 degrees. A virtual front row seat at the ice-hockey finals? A spot right on the slope, during the main downhill ski events? Your VR headset can make it happen.