VR is excellent, but the best experiences are still expensive. Microsoft has been touting the promise of its HoloLens technology, but it just hadn’t entered the real market yet and so we didn’t know much beyond the promise of demos (though we did know the early hardware didn’t live up to the videos you see online).

But now Microsoft has announced a swag of hardware partners will launch affordable Mixed Reality (blending Virtual and Augmented Reality into a single headset), and that the system will support SteamVR, a platform that already has a lot of great software ready and waiting.

A very exciting development for Christmas and the potential for mainstream VR/AR/MR whatever-R in 2018.

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