Windows 10 Fall Creators Update launch date announced

Lenovo's mixed reality headset offers built-in tracking for $350

Microsoft also announced plans by computer and virtual-reality headset makers to introduce new hardware for businesses, consumers and video gamers to take advantage of so-called "mixed reality" features in the October software release.

The Dell, Lenovo, HP and Acer headsets are all shown in the image on the Microsoft UK news centre, and given the USA pricing for these it's probably safe to assume these will be the ones we're looking at.

Microsoft's partners have officially announced that their Mixed Reality headsets will be on sale starting from October. That means when users download the Fall Creators Update, they likely will also be downloading updates for it right off the bat, as well as in subsequent weeks and months. Microsoft, in its infinite wisdom, chose to bury the feature when Windows 10 was introduced, much to the dismay of many users.

Also on tap is an updated Game Mode, which lets your games "use the full processing power of your device as if it was an Xbox game console", plus a new accessibility feature called Eye Control for those with Lou Gehrig's disease, and security updates created to better protect against ransomware and malware.

You can save all of your creations in OneDrive Files On-Demand, accessing your cloud files like any of your other files on your PC, without using up your local storage space. Inputs will also change, with support for eye-tracking and the ability to more widely and more easily use digital pens.

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Unlike the current crop of headsets, the new Mixed Reality VR headsets will boast an impressive 1440p resolution per eye, up from the 1080p standards of the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, and far exceeding the 960p standards of the PSVR.

Engadget is reporting that HP, Lenovo and Dell will each have their own VR headsets rolling out for the Mixed Reality platform, priced between $350 and $450. Headset pricing will start at $299.

Microsoft puts big hopes into its Mixed Reality platform, and aims to make it the next big thing.

The last major update, which arrived on 11 April, was the Creators Update.

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