Microsoft Introduces Motion Controllers For Mixed Reality Headsets

  • 12/05/2017

The company is teaming up with hardware makers to make controllers for Windows-powered mixed reality headsets, like the upcoming headset from Acer.

As with the third party headsets, Acer will be the first company to sell the controllers. The company plans to offer a bundle at the that includes the controllers and the headset for $399. The bundle will ship at the end of the year, but it's available for pre-order now.

Microsoft notes that the controllers don't require external hardware or sensors, unlike those used by the HTC Vive and some other headsets. 
"The motion controllers offer precise and responsive tracking of movement in your field of view using the sensors in your headset," Microsoft's Terry Myerson writes in a blog post. "We created the controllers as a high-quality and comfortable input device with the same ease of set up and portability as our headsets."
In addition to Acer, Microsoft is also working with HP on a mixed reality headset. HP's headset will cost $329 when it goes on sale. The company is accepting pre-orders now.