Asus Mixed Reality Headset was the last release among all the Mixed Reality headsets and is priced relatively higher than all the mixed reality headsets as well.
Microsoft had set some pretty standard hardware specifications that had to be met by all the Mixed Reality Headsets and Asus did a pretty good job at meeting all the set requirements and it has even overachieved in a few features.
The whole Mixed Reality headsets range is just VR headsets for the time being and with more improvements in technology, we may see more on the Mixed Reality front.
The Asus VR headset is definitely a bit different when it comes to hardware designs and other options, so if you are wondering if the Mixed Reality headset is worth the buy then do read this detailed post where we would discuss every feature on this headset.
Something that is really cool about Asus Mixed Reality headset is the design, the Polygonal surface of the headset gives a really cool futuristic look which makes the headset stand out among the other Mixed Reality headsets.
The headset is made up of plastic and would not give away a premium look like the Oculus Rift or the Vive. However, the overall look of the headset is much better than the other headsets in the Mixed Reality realm.
The Asus headset has a flip visor like the Acer Mixed reality headset, so you do not need to remove the entire headset if you want to grab your water bottle or just check on your messages.
The headband on the headset is similar to the headband on the other Mixed Reality headsets like the Lenovo and the HP Mixed Reality headset. The headset is light to wear on the face and something that you can wear for long gaming hours.
There might be a little light leakage from around the corners of the headset and if you wear your glasses with the Mixed Reality headset then you might actually have more light leakage which would just make the entire VR experience not so immersive.
A major downside of the design of this VR headset is that you cannot set the IPD, this is pretty annoying for someone who might have a wide IPD or for someone who uses corrective lenses.
The Asus Mixed Reality headset has the same 1440 x 1440 pixel display which most of the other Mixed Reality headsets have. The LCD display on these mixed reality headsets makes the graphics look very crisp and clear in VR.
You can say that the resolution on these headsets is a bit better than the resolution on the Oculus Rift. However, if compared with the Samsung’s AMOLED display on its mixed reality headset, you would feel that Samsung has done a better job by using the AMOLED display.
The colors feel deeper and lifelike in the AMOLED display making the entire experience immersive. However, even with the sharp images, the Asus headset has done a pretty good job with the display.
You do feel at times that the padding could have been better on the headset. The Lenovo Mixed Reality headset has done some amazing job when it comes to padding the headset in order to make the whole experience comfortable.
Asus falls short in this aspect and more cushioning could have made wearing the headset comfortable.
Refresh Rate and Field of View
The refresh rate is pretty similar to the headsets that we have seen in the past and it is not something great that would blow your mind and make you jump on your feet and get this headset. This is pretty similar to the previous Mixed reality headsets.
The sides of the images get a little blurry which, to be honest, is not that great and if you are looking for an immersive experience.
There are some light leakage and some blurriness which was kind of off-putting especially if you have used the other Mixed Reality Headsets.
Tracking and Controllers
The Headset has an inside-out tracking which is something common with all the Mixed Reality headsets. This is a new technology for the Mixed Reality headsets that make it really easy to use controllers along with them.
The controllers felt a bit tacky and not that great to use. Well, you can get used to it but overall we were not that impressed with the look and the feel of the controllers.
The headset does not use camera or sensors for tracking which makes the entire setup process so much easier than it used to be. Overall, the setting up and everything is better than the Rift and the Vive but nothing can beat the intuitive controllers and room scale tracking of the HTC Vive.
Overall the controllers are okay while gaming and if you are into FPS games then these controllers might probably be the best match for the headset.
But, Asus could have definitely done a better job when it comes to making the experience more intuitive with the controllers.
Games on the Asus Mixed Reality Headset
This Mixed Reality headset might be a little late to the Party but there are a ton of releases that you can play on them as well. The library keeps growing and you would not feel like you missed out on anything by investing in this headset.
Since they have even added Steam VR, it is almost like most of the games that you have on the Rift and the Vive are going to be there on the Lenovo headset.
You can play some really standard VR titles like the Arizona Sunshine, Super Hot, VR Chat, etc. If you are interested in taking a look at the gameplay then check out the video below!
The Mixed Reality Environment
The Mixed Reality Headsets definitely have the advantage that you can use them to create an environment where you merge Virtual World and Real Life. This way you can see a character running across your hall or even place something imaginary on your carpet.
The whole idea seems one step ahead from the usual Virtual Reality headsets that we have out there already. Having Augmented reality merged in the headset is amazing and opens up possibilities for new interactive software and games that you can use with these headsets.
If you are going to get the Mixed Reality headset then it is definitely going to be easy for you to use all the Microsft apps and honestly, that just gives you something new to play around with.
Overall, there is definitely a lot more than you would get with the Asus Mixed Reality headset and you can expect to have a lot more fun using the Mixed Reality feature offered by Microsoft.
Overall, there was nothing ground-breaking about the Asus Mixed Reality headset apart from the design. Most of the features were average in comparison to the other Mixed Reality headsets.
For the price point, you get this headset, I think it would be better to invest on the Samsung Odyssey or if you want to go all out then you can even invest on the HTC Vive.
The headset is not that comfortable and Asus could have put in more effort into making the headset comfortable for long durations of gameplay.
Overall, the price point of the headset does not make any sense as you can get way better Mixed Reality headsets at a better price point.
Among all the Mixed Reality headsets, the one that is for the win is definitely the Samsung Odyssey, so check out our complete review on that Mixed Reality headset where you are going to see how the AMOLED display is much better than the LCD ones on the rest of the Mixed Reality headset.
On top of everything, you even have inbuilt headphones on the Samsung Odyssey which makes it a pretty impressive option.
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