Microsoft looks like it’s come up with a Google Cardboard of its own

We’re just a week away from Microsoft’s next big event, when we’re looking forward to meeting the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. From what we’ve already seen leak, we’ve got a lot to look forward to from this pair, not only from the software side of things, which will see the phones ship with Windows 10 Mobile , but also in terms of their hardware, which should mark a welcome return to flagship-level specs from Microsoft’s smartphone offerings. That include some high-res quad HD displays, and today we learn about a new Microsoft accessory that sounds just perfect for taking advantage of those pixel-dense screens, as we meet the company’s response to Google Cardboard, Microsoft VR Kit.

The very Cardboard-looking viewer surfaced on a Russian page advertising an upcoming hackathon, where devs will be invited to craft apps taking advantage of VR Kit.

We’ve already seen some Windows Phone devs created independent Cardboard-compatible apps, but an official Microsoft viewer could go a long way towards promoting interest. The VR market is really starting to heat up over on Android, with the arrival of noteworthy hardware like the new lower-priced, more broadly compatible Gear VR, so Microsoft may be looking to get in on this action before it’s too late.

After all, let’s face it: HoloLens still isn’t here yet, and it’s bound to be very expensive once it arrives. Microsoft could do a lot worse than to come out with its own DIY-level solution well in advance of that release. The Russian event mentioned here is coming up in just a few weeks, and we wonder if VR Kit might make an appearance at Microsoft’s October 6 launch event, as well.

Source: Microsoft
Via: XDA Developers

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