Microsoft has opened a new studio to enable customers to create holograms that can be used for mixed reality experiences, from 2D screens to fully immersive VR. There are now three Microsoft'mixed reality' video creation studios to help kickstart holographic content for its augmented reality HoloLens headset and its Windows 10 partner's virtual reality headsets. The company has opened a new studio at its Microsoft Reactor in San Francisco which is home to the flagship Mixed Reality Capture Studio and its Mixed Reality Academy. It already has capture studios at its Redmond headquarters and one in London, run by Dimension Studios. The studios aim to help partners, creative agencies, studios, application developers, and others to create the best immersive mixed reality content.
Microsoft has announced that the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will be available worldwide on Oct. 17. The release of the Fall Creators Update also signals the arrival of some of the very first Mixed Reality headsets from third-party manufacturers. "With the Fall Creators Update we are introducing some fun, new ways to get creative," Microsoft's executive VP for Windows and devices group Terry Myerson said. "All of this innovation will be brought to life by a range of beautifully designed, and feature rich modern devices available from our hardware partners this holiday." The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update introduces a slew of new features focusing on new creative tools, as well as improving some of the existing functions in Microsoft's operating system.
After originally touting the powerful new Xbox One X (formerly Project Scorpio) as a VR-capable console last year, Microsoft backed way off during its formal E3 2017 launch--not even mentioning virtual reality. To be fair, Microsoft previously signaled that virtual reality was not going to be a priority for the Xbox One X at first. Microsoft already said that it would add VR capabilities to Windows 10 PCs and the Xbox One X in 2018, and then revealed to Polygon that it would not be showing off VR technology at E3. But while Microsoft representatives said that the company is committed to delivering great mixed reality gaming experiences, they added that they have nothing to say as far as virtual reality goes for the Xbox One X. Instead, the company is throwing its weight behind the PC.
Microsoft has unveiled a new laptop at its event in New York today, aimed at students. The Surface Laptop, which will retail at $999 (£773), has a 13.5-inch PixelSense display, with a 3.4 million pixel high contrast screen. With 14.5 hours of battery life, Microsoft wants to'change the game' for students, so they don't need to rely on chargers. The Surface Laptop, which will retail at $999 (£773), has a 13.5-inch PixelSense display, with a 3.4 million pixel high contrast screen Microsoft said it has also tied up with companies such as Acer, Asus, Dell, Futijsu, Toshiba, HP, and Samsung to offer a range of Windows 10 computers for students priced from $189. The Surface Laptop was unveiled at the New York event by Panos Panay, VP of Microsoft Surface.
The new Samsung HMD Odyssey virtual reality headset will run on Microsoft's Mixed Reality platform. While compelling virtual and augmented reality content remains in short supply, there's no shortage of headsets flooding this still tepid market. On Tuesday, Samsung planned to take the wraps off a new high-end VR headset called the HMD Odyssey, which boasts built-in microphones, position sensors and AKG headphones. The company also claims to have the "highest resolution in the industry" thanks to dual AMOLED displays that are commonly found in smartphones. The $499 HMD Odyssey, which was to be revealed at Microsoft's Mixed Reality demo here, is available for pre-order Tuesday and will begin shipping in early November.