While the general reception to the range of Windows 10 mixed reality (MR) headsets has been somewhat subdued, news of a price cut is the sort of thing that tends the renew enthusiasm. Consumers in the US might be interested to learn that the Lenovo Explorer mixed reality headset has had its price cut by half.
Visitors to the US Microsoft store will be able to peruse the available MR headsets and see that the Lenovo Explorer, previously the most expensive of the range, has seen its price from from $399 (USD) down to $199.
Lenovo has proven itself interested in the virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and MR markets, producing not only the Windows MR headset, but also the Google-powered Lenovo Mirage Solo and also the Star Wars-themed AR bundle that accompanied it.
The Windows Mixed Reality headsets use inside-out tracking, thus eliminating the need for external tracking sensors, and all the headsets come with bundles tracked motion controllers, and SteamVR recently pushed its compatibility with Windows Mixed Reality out of Early access, giving users access to a vast library of compatible titles.
The Lenovo Explorer has two LCD displays with a resolution of 1440 x 1440 and a refresh rate of up to 90Hz, with a 105-degree field-of-view. For sound there is a built-in audio out and microphone support for spatial audio and social VR communication.
The price drop for the Lenovo Explorer leaves the Samsung Odyssey as the most expensive Windows Mixed Reality headset, currently on sale in the Microsoft Store for $399, a reduction on its initial price of $499, though the Samsung Odyssey offers a slightly higher resolution of 1440 x 1600 per eye and a 110 degree field-of-view.
There is no word yet on if these price reductions will be coming to other regions such as Europe. VRFocus will keep you informed on developments and other special offers.