Microsoft And Intel Announce Project EVO To Push Virtual And Merged Reality On PCs

Posted: Dec 8 2016, 1:41am CST | by , in Technology News


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Microsoft and Intel Announce Project EVO to Push Virtual and Merged Reality on PCs
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While Apple still ponders touch or no touch on PCs, Microsoft makes Virtual Reality available to the masses.

Microsoft unveiled more details about its grand vision to make virtual reality available to all Windows users. In October the company surprised with the announcement of $299 VR headsets that run on affordable Windows 10 laptops and PCs. Now Microsoft and Intel unveiled Project EVO to accelerate the evolution of Windows computers to support VR and merged VR.

Project EVO goes beyond VR and also brings innovation to voice interaction, gaming, security and true always-connected computing. Intel and Microsoft unveiled Project EVO at WinHEC in Shenzhen, China.

Core features of Project EVO include:

Far-field speech communications so you can ask Cortana a question or play a song from across the room.

The latest security capabilities to protect devices from malware and hacking threats, advances in biometric authentication with Windows Hello, sophisticated insights from Microsoft’s Intelligent Security Graph, additional world-class security intelligence, and analytics from Intel.

Mixed reality experiences for everyone through affordable PCs and head mounted displays (HMDs) that blend the physical and virtual realities in ways that no other platform can.

Gaming innovations like eSports, game broadcasting and support for 4K, High Dynamic Range (HDR), Wide Color Gamut (WCG), spatial audio, and Xbox controllers with native Bluetooth.

The Microsoft VR headsets are able to work on mid-range PCs based on Intel Core i5 CPU and Intel HD Graphics 620 chipset and 8GB RAM. This is not the gaming PC specs VR fans need to run the Oculus Rift or HTV Vive.

The 3D and virtual reality wave will be kicked off by the release of the Windows 10 Creators Update in Spring of 2017.

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