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Windows 10 Falls Creator Update set for October release

Windows 10 Falls Creator Update set for October release

Microsoft has announced the release date for the next major release of Windows 10. HDR support is notably missing from the PC releases of last year's major exclusives, Forza Horizon 3 and Gears of War 4, and took a few months to be added to Halo Wars 2 this year. The company acknowledged in July that the feature wouldn't be available in time for this release.

The main addition will be Windows Mixed Reality front and centre, to reflect the wide range of silly hats that are coming out in time for the holiday season, in the hope you can drown out the snores of your gin soaked Gran with some alternative life.

Other new Windows 10 features include a refreshed Photos app and the capacity to save files up to the cloud using Microsoft's OneDrive service, without consuming local storage space.

One more aspect of the Fall Creators Update is all about immersing customers in a new reality, the world of Windows Mixed Reality.

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A new Game Mode is said to allow "games to use the full processing power of your device as if it was an Xbox game console" and lots of work has been done on mixed reality and accessibility. Those headsets and motion controllers are slated to launch alongside the Windows Fall Creators Update on October 17, starting at $299. Headsets are coming from Dell, Lenovo, Asus, Acer and HP, starting from $299 for some of these headsets on their own, or with bundles including Microsoft's VR controllers.

Terry Myerson, head of scapegoating and Windows Experience said: "Our mission at Microsoft is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, one of the ways we're supporting that mission is by taking this next step in our Windows journey and empowering the creator in all of us with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update".

17th October also sees the launch of Microsoft's Mixed Reality platform, which uses cameras built into the headset for positional tracking, as opposed to having a camera pointing at the user or the Lighthouse base stations from HTC Vive.


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