Dell recently revealed the Visor Windows Mixed Reality headset, which it designed for Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and the Windows Mixed Reality platform. Microsoft’s OS update is due to launch on October 17, and Dell is ready to ship its Visor headset alongside the platform. The company is now accepting pre-orders for day-one delivery.
Dell revealed the primary specifications of the Visor headset at IFA in August. The headset offers dual 1440 x 1440 displays that operate at 90Hz. The Visor also features a lightweight, balanced design, with soft cushions for the front and back of your head, and a hinge that allows you to flip the HMD up so you can see the real world without taking the whole thing off.
The Dell headset, like every Windows Mixed Reality headset, also features dual front-facing cameras that provide inside-out spatial awareness and track the movement of the wand controllers with 6 degrees of freedom. The dual camera system is a derivative of the spatial awareness technology Microsoft developed for the HoloLens dev kits.
Better Than We Expected
We expected that the 2880 x 1440 resolution would provide impressive visuals, but Dell just revealed that the displays in the Visor are better than we expected. Dell used LCD panels made by Sharp that include an RGB subpixel arrangement, which should improve the image quality even more than the high pixel count. Sony used RGB subpixel LCD panels in the PSVR, which is the reason why Sony’s VR headset provides clear visuals with a single 1080p panel.
Pre-Orders Start Now
Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality platform supports two classes of PC: Windows Mixed Reality PCs, which include integrated graphics; and Windows Mixed Reality Ultra PCs, which feature discrete graphics processors to handle heavy rendering workloads. Dell’s Visor headset would work with the lower tier class of PC. However, the company suggests running an Ultra PC class system to operate the HMD at 90Hz.
If you have a computer that meets Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality requirements, you can pre-order a solo Visor headset for $349. Dell also offers a pair of motion controllers, which you can buy separately for $99, or in a bundle package for $449. Dell also offers a bundle deal that includes a Windows Mixed Reality-capable Dell Inspiron 15 7000 gaming laptop, the Visor headset, and a pair of motion controllers for $1,249. The company said it would add more bundles later.
Dell is accepting pre-orders for the Visor and controllers on its website from now through the Windows Mixed Reality platform launch on October 17. Following the Windows Mixed Reality launch, you should be able to purchase the headset from Microsoft, Best Buy, and “other retailers.”
|Dell Visor Technical Specifications|
|Platform||Windows Mixed Reality|
|Panel||Sharp 2.89" LCD (RGB Subpixels)|
|Resolution||1440 x 1440 per eye, 706ppi|
|Field of View||110 degrees|
|Lens Adjustment||Software IPD|
|Tracking Architecture||6DoF Inside-out Tracking|
|Tracking Sensors||Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Magnetometer|
|Headset Tracking Hardware||Dual Black & White VGA Camera|
|Interface||1x HDMI 2.0, 1x USB 3.0, 1x 3.5mm audio jack|
|Dimensions (W x D x H)||6.7" x 10.6" x 5.1"|