• Paul Fingleton

Dell looks to Virtual Reality future with Visor and refreshes

The future is made of Virtual Insanity, according to nineties pop crooners, Jamiroquai. Dell, would beg to differ by developing one of the broadest portfolio of VR-ready devices – notebooks, desktops, mini-PCs and All-in-One PCs.

In partnership with Microsoft, Dell looks to usher in this Virtual Reality future with the Dell Visor - its first-ever virtual reality headset for the Windows Mixed Reality Platform.

Engineered with a flip-up visor for convenient transitions, it features well-cushioned head and face padding, thumbwheel band adjustment for personalised comfort, and smart weight balancing that takes pressure off the nose and cheeks. The white finish is easy to clean and durable, and the thoughtful design extends to cable management that routes cords to the back of the headset for better freedom of movement.

Microsoft have invested heavily in virtual reality, or Mixed Reality as the Redmond giant prefers to call it. Mixed Reality encompasses Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Windows Holographic and the Microsoft partnership has included helping with 'inside out' head tracking, similar to the technology in Microsoft's own HoloLens headset.

Traditional VR headsets, such as the Vive or Oculus Rift, have used an external camera or beacons that would identify the headset direction and position based on it's position within the room. Inside Out tracking means that sensors on the headset can identify for itself its position and angle in space - allowing for freedom to look wherever you want without having to worry whether the tracking camera will know if you are facing front or back.

Dell Visor Controllers offer complete flexibility with six degrees of freedom of movement in a three-dimensional space. The Controllers allow users total control with haptic feedback, thumb stick and buttons fully tracked by sensors in the headset.

XPS 13 Refresh

Dell continues to refine the amazing XPS 13 series, and the new models come with the latest eighth Generation Intel Core i7 processors, offering up to 44% increase in performance. The XPS 13, boasts a stunning viewing experience with up-to Quad HD+ InfinityEdge display with sharp visuals, vivid and accurate colour and optionally available as a touch display.


More information:

The Dell Visor will be available in Ireland in the coming months for €344.54 (headset) and €98.99 (controllers) excluding VAT on Dell.ie. The Dell Visor will also be available online at the Microsoft Store in the coming months.

XPS 13 with 8th Gen Intel Core i7 will be available in Ireland starting September 12 for €1299 (including VAT).

For more info: Tune in to the Microsoft keynote at IFA on Friday, Sept. 1 to hear additional launch details on the Dell Visor.