Windows Mixed Reality headsets to cost £399 in the UK

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Microsoft's been pushing mixed reality hard, introducing Paint 3D earlier this year, and the Fall Creators Update's View 3D adds the ability to view mixed reality creations on your device's screen if it's equipped with a camera.

Microsoft has just announced that Mixed Reality headsets will be on sale from October 17, though whether that's a global launch date or not isn't 100% clear.

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update introduces a slew of new features focusing on new creative tools, as well as improving some of the existing functions in Microsoft's operating system.

Lenovo revealed its Windows 10-powered Explorer AR and VR combination headset at IFA 2017 in Berlin, showing the fruits of Microsoft's initiative to make affordable headsets that appeal to all sorts of users.

On the security side, the Fall Creators Update, Windows Defender will be smarter.

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We are coming up on our fourth major update to Windows 10, and our mission with these updates is to create a platform that inspires your creativity. Win10 will also offer "Game Mode", which allows video gamers to devote the full processing power of their computers to what they are playing, as if it was an Xbox game console, the company said. OneDrive Files On-Demand is the long-awaited replacement for the placeholders that were found in Windows 8.1 and removed in Windows 10. For most consumers, both quality and feature updates are delivered automatically according to their Windows Update settings. This will be flawless for those users who are planning on playing Xbox Play Anywhere games.

The price tag of the upcoming headsets points out that manufacturers aim to compete with each other, but even more with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

The biggest change in Windows 10 is the inclusion of Windows Mixed Reality. Bundles with a headset and motion controllers will start at $399 and will be compatible with new PC models starting at $499, Microsoft Technical Fellow Alex Klipman said in a blog post.

Acer and HP will come out with Mixed Reality headsets before the holidays and Asus will release one next spring.

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