Behold The Dell Visor

Cool name. Dell has finally unveiled its affordable Windows Mixed Reality headset. The Dell Visor is all set to become available around October this year, and can be yours for $359.

Or $459, if you prefer a bundle option.

Part of what Microsoft calls the democratization of virtual reality on the platform, this is the first VR headset from Dell. And is set to become available alongside a whole array of other mixed reality hardware this holiday season.

The company detailed the Visor today, revealing that it will be available at Microsoft and select Best Buy stores in the coming months. Chances are that availability will expand as time goes by.

As expected the Dell Visor takes advantage of the same technology that is being used in HoloLens, and comes with features like inside-out tracking cameras and a 360° panoramic view.

One thing going for this new gizmo is style.

It comes with a white finish that Dell says is easy to clean and durable. And unlike other Windows Mixed Reality headsets, this one is designed with a flip-up visor that allows for convenient transitions to and out of the mixed reality world.

Hence the name.

The company has also paid due attention to the feel of the device, and you get a well-cushioned head and face padding, thumbwheel band adjustment for personalized comfort, to go with smart weight balancing to take pressure off the nose and cheeks — a key factor during long play sessions.

Dell plans to share more details on the Visor on Friday, during Microsoft’s keynote at IFA.

But one thing the company is hyping up for this headset is future proofing. That’s because it is able to scan surroundings with a camera rather than depending on sensors positioned inside the room.

The company will release a $99 Dell Visor Controller, which will offer you complete flexibility with 6 degrees of freedom of movement in a three-dimensional space. The controller comes with support for haptic feedback, while the thumb stick and buttons are fully tracked by sensors in the headset.

We’ll have to see how this pans out, but it certainly looks like a very exciting arrival on the scene.

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