Abstract: a representative of Microsoft said that the company’s windows VR helmet series did not achieve the expected effect.
“Immersive VR helmets are positioned as consumer devices, but on the whole, they don’t meet the high expectations people have for them,” Sullivan, head of communications at Microsoft’s hybrid reality division, said in an interview. But the fact is that there are more and more commercial applications of this kind of experience. “
Sullivan did not release sales figures. Indeed, VR industry is experiencing the same troubles. Everyone is very excited about the prospect, but the reality is not ideal.
Microsoft, in partnership with companies such as Dell, Lenovo and Samsung, will launch these devices by the end of 2017. They use the inside out tracking technology to achieve VR without the need for external sensors. They also run on the new windows hybrid reality platform and support steam VR. However, according to steam’s monthly hardware survey, the glasses are still about a year and a half away from rift and vive. Meanwhile, the hybrid reality section of the Microsoft Store lists only 42 apps.
Sullivan speculates that the glasses may find a new direction in the corporate world. He refers to HP VR helmets under development, as well as many VR devices at MWC. “That’s what happened to personal computers in the first place, as were cell phones, radios, microwave ovens and other innovative technologies,” he said. These technologies are expensive at first, but they get a very high return on investment and value in commercial applications, and over time, they will become consumer goods. “
Despite a slow start, Sullivan insists Microsoft is committed to VR. However, judging from its description, in the near future, most of its efforts will focus on hololens 2. “What we think is unique in this area is that we don’t think AR and VR are different categories, we think they are two sides of the same coin,” Sullivan said. They are actually two ends of the same continuum. “
However, Microsoft partners are developing their own windows VR. But he doesn’t expect any form of windows glasses to go on sale in the near future. “We will focus on hololens 2 in the business sector in the short term,” he said