Virtual reality is currently getting better and better, although this state of affairs is largely due to the considerable popularity of the Meta Quest 2 goggles. However, just before them, VR devices were quite expensive and not affordable for the average user. Microsoft wanted to change this situation by introducing the Windows Mixed Reality platform to Windows 10 and 11. It was intended to offer access to this technology to more people. However, the plan “didn’t work out”.
The Windows Mixed Reality platform, which was created by Microsoft to support virtual and augmented reality, will soon cease to exist. The company has officially doomed its project to failure.
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Some of us probably remember the introduction of the WMR platform in question. The first supported product was the Holo Lens goggles, and over time, support was added for other devices that were also aimed at virtual reality. Microsoft’s goal was to popularize VR/AR technology and compete with the major companies of the time (HTC and Oculus) – the project was joined by many manufacturers who offered their VR goggles (to mention Samsung HMD Odyssey, Lenovo Explorer, or Acer Windows Mixed Reality ). Compatible goggles received access to many applications and games from the Microsoft Store and Steam (VR). However, as it turned out, the low popularity of the solution and, to a large extent, its incompleteness, contributed to its complete failure.
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The list of deprecated features now includes the entire Windows Mixed Reality platform, which will be removed from Windows 10 and 11 in future versions. This also applies to the Mixed Reality Portal application. Many people claim that Microsoft wants to completely withdraw from the VR industry, but this is not true. The service did not prove to be popular enough to continue maintaining it, but the Redmond giant has recently prepared an application Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta)which is intended for VR headsets, and soon the Microsoft Mesh platform will be introduced in the Microsoft Teams application – it will enable virtual meetings of many participants (video below).