Windows Mixed Reality

I received my Acer Windows Mixed Reality headset developer edition. This device and Windows Mixed Reality will be a game changer for my software development. The HoloLens had taunted me for over a year and the purchase would had created a huge blow to my budget. Thanks to Microsoft OEM partners, I finally can begin developing on the Mixed Reality platform because Acer's device was affordable.

Before I pre-ordered this device, I read a lot of reviews and articles about Windows 10 Mixed Reality development, HoloLens, Acer headset, and HP headset. YouTube had some great videos of interviews of developers who voiced their opinion on the devices. Sean Ong has an excellent YouTube channel with a lot of information that helped answer many of my questions. This blog entry will walk through my setup for the Acer device and mixed reality environment.

Before buying the Acer headset, I made sure my computer met the system recommendations for developers:


After I read how the Acer headset operates, it was recommended to have an Xbox controller. Thanks to Sean Ong's YouTube videos, I watched his videos and saw why the controller was highly recommended. I do not own a Xbox, so I purchased a Xbox controller and wireless adapter. First, I installed the wireless adapter for the Xbox controller.


I plugged into my USB port and the device installed correctly. It will display under "Other Devices" in settings:


Secondly, I installed the Xbox controller:


This purchase did not come with a USB cable so I used my Windows Phone USB cable and connected it to my laptop so the drivers could install. The status was displayed under "Other Devices" in settings and a restart was required:


After I restarted my computer, it was time to install the Acer headset:


Prior to installing the headset, I need to turn on my Windows 10 developer settings. Click on "Update & security":


Click on "For developers" and select "Developer mode":


If the developer mode installed correctly, the message below will display:


Next, I took the USB and HDMI cable for the headset and plugged them into my computer:


Once the installation was completed, the Windows Mixed Reality platform was launched so I could setup my environment:


My graphics gpu falls below the recommended NVIDIA GTX 980, but this did not stop me from proceeding to the next installation step:


Quick tour:


Next, I was prompted to enter my height:


I stood in the middle of my room, which was about 5 feet away from my computer:


The next step wanted to set my dimensions :


Currently, I do not have headphones with a mic and clicked next:


The installation was very straight forward and simple:


I put on my headset and saw an entire new 3D world. This was the first time I had ever used a virtual reality headset! It was difficult for me to take screen shots with my computer, but I managed to get a few. I will make some videos and upload to YouTube. This was the first entity I saw:


The walkthrough was really simple and it did not take me long figure out how to navigate around the virtual world.


I walked and teleported around the virtual world by using the Xbox controller:


In summary, I shared my experience on setting up my Acer headset and Windows Mixed Reality platform. I did not encounter any issues or set backs and the entire setup process took about one hour. The next time I blog, I'll share about how I began to develop some mixed reality apps using the IDE's Unity and VS2017.

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