Dell is one step closer to helping you enter the future of immersive gaming and entertainment.
Available for preorder now and shipping on Oct. 17, the $349 Dell Visor is the PC maker's first entry into the Windows Mixed Reality headset market. Like its competition, the headset uses cameras for inside-out tracking, so there's no need to set up desk- or wall-mounted sensors for tracking like those required for the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift or PlayStation VR. Add on Dell's $99 controllers and you're ready to game. You can also get a bundle with both for $449 in the US or £430 in the UK, which is about AU$565 in Australia.
Dell designed the headset so that it's comfortable and easy to adjust for different users. A thumbwheel on back lets you quickly adjust the well-cushioned headband, and the balance and extra padding on the face take pressure off your nose and cheeks. Its antistain coating helps keep the headset from getting gross after your friends and family use it.
The viewer has dual 1,440x1,440-resolution LCDs to deliver the 360-degree immersive picture and it fits over glasses. And if you need to take break from the action, you can just flip up the viewer. To keep you from getting tangled up in cables, there's a clip that keeps them together and routed out of your way.
Again, the Visor ships Oct. 17, which is pretty perfect timing, not only for capitalizing on holiday season sales, but for use with new Windows PCs running on Intel's eighth-gen Core i-series CPUs that will support some VR content, even with only the standard built-in integrated Intel graphics. But if you want to use it with your current system, you can check the minimum PC requirements for Windows Mixed Reality on Microsoft's site.
Update Sept. 14: Adds preorder and availability information, UK pricing and minimum PC requirements for WMR headsets. First published Aug. 28.