The new motion controllers are designed to work with a coming range of headsets from companies like Acer, who will bundle with Windows 10 to launch the headset at $399 this holiday. Microsoft unveiled this today at the Build which is one of the main feature of the ‘Mixed Reality’.
Each controller features a thumbstick, a touch pad, trigger and grip buttons. One key selling point for the controllers is that they don’t rely on external sensors apart from a Windows 10 mixed reality headset. As long as the controllers are within the headset’s field of vision, they should be precisely tracked. Microsoft is hoping that makes for a simpler set-up process than existing VR headsets, but it raises questions about how well developers would be able to track hand motions outside the player’s view.
We now need to see how this headsets pave the path to the future that includes the Mixed Reality. Lets hope to get some proper headsets by OEMs at a decent price, unlike the Hololens.