Acer HMD: $400, Bundled With Motion Controllers

For the first time, Microsoft was able to announce a Windows Mixed Reality device that’s finished, defined, and shipping to consumers: Acer’s Mixed Reality HMD will ship in a bundle with the mixed reality 6DoF controllers, all for $400.

We’ve discussed the specifications of the HMD before, and we also got some hands-on time with it. The motion controllers were just announced at a Microsoft Build 2017 keynote.

We’d previously pontificated that this device would retail for about $400--but we were actually wrong about the overall price when you consider the curveball of the motion controllers, which we didn’t account for. Microsoft had previously pegged the low end of the mixed reality HMD price range at $300, and considering that the Acer device has a mix of higher-end and lower-end features, we presumed that it would cost more. Indeed it does--but only because of the motion controllers. In other words, we were right, but for the wrong reasons. The Acer HMD dev kit is only $300.

This announcement is a Moment for Microsoft, with a capital “M.” For all the lack of definition early on, quibbles about nomenclature, and still-curious absence of HMD announcements from several key OEMs, this is confirmation that Windows Mixed Reality is real. The platform works. There’s a device that runs it. And consumers can buy it before the year is out.

Microsoft’s grand plan is not so much about engaging hardcore gamers in the way that Oculus and HTC have done; the company is intent on changing the way we compute day to day. It wants its mixed reality HMDs to become an indispensable productivity tool for now, and they want it to eventually become your PC.

However the mixed reality future shakes out, whatever the level of adoption, and whatever the hardware becomes, Microsoft can circle this date on its calendar of achievements.

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  • alextheblue
    The HP version of this appears identical except it costs $30 more and has what looks to be a superior headband. Which honestly, is probably well worth the extra $30. You can preorder the Acer and HP "dev" models off MS' store for $300 and $330 respectively.

    $400 WITH motion controllers and Inside-Out tracking (no additional tracking devices needed!!) is really a fantastic deal for a mid-range HMD. I hope these mid-range units really take off and force HTC and Oculus to re-evaluate their future devices.

    Edit: Oculus plus motion controllers and room-scale tracking with three sensors is around what, $780? HTC Vive room-scale bundle for $799? Yeah, $400 sounds like a better start.
  • elho_cid
    Too bad Acer has that bad record for device support. I'd gladly pay 25% more just to get the same device from a brand with better end user support.
  • Kahless01
    they used to. but acer is #1 for windows based manufacturers this year.