Microsoft have detailed some of the improvements coming to Windows Mixed Reality. The Redstone 4 update for Windows 10 is coming soon, maybe as early as the end of this momth. The changes are already available in the current fast ring build 17115 and bring all round improvements for WMR users.
There is the new Skyloft home as an alternative to the Cliff House. There is haptic feedback on the motion controllers when playing StreamVR games. A major benefit for SteamVR players is lower video RAM usage so players with lower spec graphics cards (like me) will see improved performance in SteamVR. I can’t wait to give this a try once RS4 hits release preview.
A brand-new environment. In October we mentioned that the Cliff House was the first of many environments you’ll be able to enjoy in Windows Mixed Reality, and now we’re rolling out the Skyloft for you to customize and expand your MR experience. You can navigate there by selecting Places on the Mixed Reality Start menu.
As requested, we’ve added haptic feedback to the motion controllers for SteamVR games!
We’ve improved performance in SteamVR games with significantly lower video RAM usage. We’ve also improved the performance of live video preview in the Mixed Reality Portal on desktop.
You can now take mixed reality photos directly from your controller by holding the Windows button and then tapping the trigger. This works across environments and apps except for capturing content protected with DRM.
The automatic performance settings have been updated to provide an optimized experience, and we’ve added a new setting to override the default in Settings > Mixed Reality > Headset display.
Setup now provides more detailed information about common compatibility issues with USB3.0 controllers and graphics cards.
Many more improvements that the team has been hard at work on!
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