Just when you were getting used to virtual and augmented reality, here comes Microsoft to muddy up the waters with its . But hold up, these headsets aren’t actually the promised intersection of AR and VR. In fact, as it stands, the $399 Acer Windows Mixed Reality AH101 headset is a lighter, more colorful take on the and . (In the case of the Vive, it’s also a less expensive option.)
Reliant on Microsoft’s new Mixed Reality ecosystem, the AH101 is stymied by a lack of apps and spotty tracking. A relatively inexpensive, PC-powered plug-and-play system could be immensely appealing, especially to consumers who have older laptops with integrated graphics kicking about But the AH101 is geared more toward early adopters than mainstream consumers looking to take those first tentative steps into the world of VR.
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