Windows Mixed Reality doesn’t support HTC Vive and Oculus Rift just yet

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

Unfortunately, you may not be able to use your HTC Vive and Oculus Rift VR headset to check out Windows Mixed Reality just yet. At Build 2017, Microsoft launched pre-orders for its new line of Windows Mixed Reality development kits. But unlike its HoloLens, these new kits are an alternative to the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift.

Windows Mixed Reality implications and features

The demos showing off Windows Mixed Reality experiences offered viewers a look into a virtual world with multiple kinds of devices all part of the same ecosystem. You can choose between full immersion in this world and augmented potential. The owners of VR hardware are wondering what might or might not be possible for their devices because Windows Mixed Reality is all about unity even if the hardware may come from various manufacturers and headsets may offer lots of features or better experiences.

Windows Mixed Reality support for Oculus Rift/HTC Vive

HoloLens and the new development kits for the Mixed Reality share a sensor technology and the platform is targeted at developers, embracing everything from holograms to VR. For this reason, the two devices do not fit the necessary description for being part of the Windows Mixed Reality.

On the other hand, the company is not totally denying access to these headsets and it will be up to the manufacturer companies to reach out to Microsoft and collaborate to support Windows Mixed Reality.

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