Dell has begun to take pre-orders on its Visor headset for Windows Mixed Reality applications. The company will start shipments of the device in mid-October, just in time for Microsoft’s Windows 10 Creators Update that arrives on October 17 and ahead of the holiday season.

Starting from September 14, Dell’s Visor WMR headset is available for pre-order from in the U.S. and from PCWorld in the U.K. The headset itself is priced at $349.99, the controller kit costs $99.99 and a Visor with controllers is priced at $449.99. In the U.K., the whole kit is available for pre-order at £429.99. In order to play non-controller based AR/VR games on the Visor, users will also have to get an Xbox One controller. Dell will start to ship its Visor product on October 17, 2017. In addition, the company plans to make the device available in BestBuy stores and directly from Microsoft (online and offline).

Dell’s Visor AR/VR headset complies with Microsoft’s requirements for headsets compatible with the Windows Mixed Reality platform: it connects to Windows 10-based PCs using HDMI and USB cables, it features two 1440×1440@90 Hz LCD panels (for a total resolution of 2880×1440) and two cameras to capture the outside world. While ergonomics and industrial designs of WMR-compliant headsets from Dell, Acer, ASUS and Lenovo are different, internally they end up being very similar.

The shipments date of the Dell Visor coincides with the launch date of Microsoft’s Windows 10 Creators Update, which will bring support for Windows Mixed Reality headsets to end users. That said it is highly likely that other makers of WMR gear will try to ship their products around the time of the official launch of the platform. In the meantime, Dell seems to be the first with pre-orders.

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  • jmke - Friday, September 15, 2017 - link

    yes, please let it die out. All it does is increase the necessity for faster GPUs, higher resolution screens and better optics.

    let's remove the need and requirements to get better hardware.

    back to the stagnation of the PC hardware the way we're used to.

    no need for 8k monitors if we can just use 15" CRT monitors.
  • damianrobertjones - Friday, September 15, 2017 - link

    Fo' real.

    P.s. Capitals CAN be fun!
  • BrokenCrayons - Friday, September 15, 2017 - link

    I'm no great fan of VR either, but I don't care what other people do with their money or time. I do think that VR is on the downward slide and won't gain much enough popularity to create a stable, sustaining market.
  • theuglyman0war - Thursday, September 21, 2017 - link

    I agree all these stereo technologies like headphones will hopefully die soon. What is the big deal hearing and seeing things with sensory depth perception respected? It's not as if we were born with two eyes and two ears? Everything but mono is a gimmick! ( cyclop trolls of the world unite and resist! )
  • JoeyJoJo123 - Friday, September 15, 2017 - link

    Unfortunately, dead on arrival. They would've sold more units if it got a release alongside HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift, but both are currently faltering since people in the market are getting the impression that VR is a dead meme.
  • edzieba - Friday, September 15, 2017 - link

    Both Rift and Vive currently have their highest levels of sales since launching.

    The biggest threat to these Windows MR HMDs is the current lowered price of the Rift. They are no longer a budget-priced option, and they are technically inferior (worse displays, non-adjustable lenses, less effective tracking). Unless you have a niche that requires inside-out tracking (and is in an environment where that can actually work well) or need the Windows MR API for some reason, then there is no reason to pay the same price of one of these over a Rift.
  • Diji1 - Friday, September 15, 2017 - link

    Just about everything you said here is incorrect other than the fact that the RRP is higher.
  • chrysrobyn - Friday, September 15, 2017 - link

    Are these VR headsets any good for watching movies / playing non-VR games? General computing monitor replacements?
  • edzieba - Friday, September 15, 2017 - link

    Only if you can tolerate the low effective resolution. They might be suitable for certain situations (e.g. you want a big virtual workstation you can use on a flight in economy seating), but for general use you'd probably be served by a physical multi-monitor array.
  • geekman1024 - Friday, September 15, 2017 - link

    It's covering the nose... Does it emulate smells as well? Will I die from suffocation if I eat while wearing this thing?

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