Microsoft Ending Support For Windows Mixed Reality
Microsoft has announced that it will be ending Windows Mixed Reality as of December 2023.
“Windows Mixed Reality is deprecated and will be removed in a future release of Windows,” the company said.
As part of the deprecation, both the Mixed Reality Portal app and support for SteamVR are also ending.
According to the latest Steam hardware survey, Windows Mixed Reality headsets made up just 5.18% of VR users on the platform, much less than the 40% who use the Oculus Quest 2 and the 18.65% who use the Valve Index.
The last mixed reality-specific headset released was the HP Reverb G2 in 2020. Since then, no device has been released for the platform.
Though Microsoft seems to be dwindling down its own VR headset platform, it continues to support other platforms. Recently, Xbox Cloud Gaming launched in Beta on the Meta Quest 3.
Insider Gaming has reached out to Microsoft for comment on whether those with mixed reality headsets like the HP Reverb G2, Samsung Odyssey, and others will still be able to use them for games they currently own and within Steam VR despite the lack of support by Microsoft.
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