The Surface Pro and Surface Laptop are ready for Windows Mixed Reality
Windows Mixed Reality is a new type of VR experience that recreates the real world in virtual reality with six WMR headsets in the pipeline. The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update already enhanced Edge’s WebVR 1.1 API so that users can utilize WMR motion controllers for VR content with that browser. To follow that up, Microsoft also released new firmware updates to extend WMR support to both the Surface Laptop and Surface Pro.
The new firmware updates have been rolling out since October 18, 2017, consisting of a series of new drivers for the Surface Laptop and Surface Pro. The drivers include the new Marvell AVASTAR Bluetooth Radio Adapter, Intel(R) HD Graphics 620, Marvell AVASTAR Wireless network adapter and Intel(R) Display Audio, all of which are required for WMR functionality.
The new updates don’t just extend WMR support: they also extend the battery life for the Surface Pro, Pro 3 and Surface Book. The Intel(R) Precise Touch Device driver update enables Surface Pro users to enhance laptop battery life by disabling touch, while Surface Book users get a new Power Slider to improve battery life.
Aside from that, the new update will enhance the Surface Laptop’s two-finger scrolling and Surface Dock stability. However, the emphasis remains extending Windows Mixed Reality support to the device. With the expanded VR framework support for Edge, Surface Laptop users can now browse websites and open VR content with WMR headsets.
Windows Update should automatically provide the latest updates for Surface Laptop and Surface Pro users. However, you can also manually download the MSI updates from the Microsoft Download Center. Add the required update to Windows 10 by pressing the Download button on one of the pages below:
This latest update further highlights that Windows Mixed Reality is around the corner alongside the first WMR headsets that began to roll out this October.
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