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Windows-compatible VR headsets are coming from Acer, Lenovo and others, starting at $299

The future of virtual reality might be a lot more affordable once Windows 10 Creators Update rolls out next year.


More VR headsets, incoming.

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There are going to be a lot more VR headsets soon.

Microsoft's Windows 10 event in New York Wednesday had a big focus on enabling mixed reality and virtual reality via an upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update in early 2017. But, there will also be more affordable and possibly more advanced VR headsets, too.

A variety of Microsoft-compatible VR devices from Acer, Lenovo, Dell, HP and Asus were teased and one was even briefly demoed onstage. According to Microsoft, these headsets will also feature inside-out tracking, a technical term for being able to track movement in space without desk- or wall-mounted sensors. Much like HoloLens, you'll be able to wear these headsets and not set anything else up.

Inside-out tracking technology isn't available in the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift or PlayStation VR yet. Even more surprisingly, these accessories (or headsets) will start as low as $299 (about £250 or AU$400). The Oculus Rift, by comparison, costs $600.

This is a developing story.