We knew Microsoft wouldn't stay out of the race for hot Virtual and Augmented Reality Hardware. While everyone was announcing their cool gadgets, Microsoft quietly made a good deal.
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Oculus Rift might have started the trend, though gamers and developers are very displeased with the latest news regarding Facebook acquisition of Oculus VR. Sony revealed its Project Morpheus, which looks much nicer then Oculus Rift, and in all that hype everyone was wondering what Microsoft was up to. Now we know they were working on a deal to acquire an augmented reality hardware IP and reportedly the company paid up to $150 million for this new AR wearable, which have been designed by a tech company Osterhout Design Group. Ralph Osterhout, the leader of the company, has confirmed the purchase, though he wouldn't give any details on it.
Microsoft is currently applying for over eighty patents related to augmented reality, though it’s worth nothing that this type of reality is not the same as the virtual one. More like the castAR or Google glasses. Still, it’s a good move to stay in the race with Oculus and Sony. The augmented reality concept lets use to wear a pair of glasses which can project images in the visual field of the wearer and create an entirely new type of experience by blending reality and virtual world.
Fans were expecting Microsoft to come up with an augmented or virtual reality headset when Xbox One was released. While having to wait little longer for that wish to come true, it is still good to know that Xbox One users won’t be left out of the new hot gadgets. More news about the recent acquisition should be revealed soon, as Microsoft hasn't announced it yet.
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