Windows Mixed Reality Headsets ("A" grade WITH controllers) from £220 delivered @ CEX
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Windows Mixed Reality Headsets ("A" grade WITH controllers) from £220 delivered @ CEX

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Found 1st FebEdited by:"djbe"
CEX are selling Windows Mixed Reality headsets from Dell (£220), HP (£225), and Acer (£250) - Lenovo (£195) also listed, but OOS.

These are all listed as A grade, and come with 2x Windows MR controllers - these headsets are SteamVR compatible, with a slightly higher resolution (1440x1440 per eye) than the Oculus Rift or original (not new wireless) HTC Vive (both 1080x1200 per eye)

Please be aware that although all 5 brands (Samsung not listed at CEX) are based on a reference Microsoft design, there are some small (but possibly important to you) differences between the various brands. For example: FOV variation (110 degrees (Dell) vs 95 degrees (HP), cable management, and audio jack placement

EDIT: If you buy online, you can return it within 2 weeks (distance selling regs) if not happy for a full refund

EDIT 2: Dell Headset review - deals with Dell visor but should be generally applicable (make sure you watch 2nd video (review update) about SteamVR too)
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FinbarMcDougal1st Feb

There's a reason why they are flogging these off through CEX. they are …There's a reason why they are flogging these off through CEX. they are pretty much useless. There is currently no practical use for them whatsoever. This is first generation tech and best avoided - destined to be this year's 3D TV..


They work with steam VR now pretty well. I wouldn't say they are useless. I have one which was free and while it's cool and stuff I much prefer the old fashioned way of playing games. Some games are very intuitive for it though, e.g. Adrift
FinbarMcDougal1st Feb

There's a reason why they are flogging these off through CEX. they are …There's a reason why they are flogging these off through CEX. they are pretty much useless. There is currently no practical use for them whatsoever. This is first generation tech and best avoided - destined to be this year's 3D TV..




Reviews on youtube seem ok. Watched a video of someone playing Fallout VR on the Dell one and looked pretty good. The reason people are selling them is because the likes of Dell and HP bundle them with some laptops. People then sell them on to gain a bit of money back.
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There's a reason why they are flogging these off through CEX. they are pretty much useless. There is currently no practical use for them whatsoever. This is first generation tech and best avoided - destined to be this year's 3D TV..
FinbarMcDougal1st Feb

There's a reason why they are flogging these off through CEX. they are …There's a reason why they are flogging these off through CEX. they are pretty much useless. There is currently no practical use for them whatsoever. This is first generation tech and best avoided - destined to be this year's 3D TV..


They work with steam VR now pretty well. I wouldn't say they are useless. I have one which was free and while it's cool and stuff I much prefer the old fashioned way of playing games. Some games are very intuitive for it though, e.g. Adrift
Just once.... sticky thumb sticks
FinbarMcDougal1st Feb

There's a reason why they are flogging these off through CEX. they are …There's a reason why they are flogging these off through CEX. they are pretty much useless. There is currently no practical use for them whatsoever. This is first generation tech and best avoided - destined to be this year's 3D TV..




Reviews on youtube seem ok. Watched a video of someone playing Fallout VR on the Dell one and looked pretty good. The reason people are selling them is because the likes of Dell and HP bundle them with some laptops. People then sell them on to gain a bit of money back.
FinbarMcDougal1st Feb

There's a reason why they are flogging these off through CEX. they are …There's a reason why they are flogging these off through CEX. they are pretty much useless. There is currently no practical use for them whatsoever. This is first generation tech and best avoided - destined to be this year's 3D TV..


Mine works fine with SteamVR.

I could never have sensors mounted and cables running round my living room so Windows MR was the obvious choice for me.
Hp is awful. Friend had the lenovo and speaks very highly of it. I've read that the dell is best. That's the one I would personally get.
Apart from the Samsung they all use the same reference hardware including the awful Sharp LCD panels, put the money towards a rift
I upgraded from a Rift to the Lenovo and have been very happy. Resolution is superior and Inside Out Tracking exceeded my expectations.

Fabulous Price - if you are on the fence then go for it (but make sure you inspect in CEX before you buy)
rd3d21 h, 22 m ago

I upgraded from a Rift to the Lenovo and have been very happy. Resolution …I upgraded from a Rift to the Lenovo and have been very happy. Resolution is superior and Inside Out Tracking exceeded my expectations. Fabulous Price - if you are on the fence then go for it (but make sure you inspect in CEX before you buy)


Remember if you buy in store (and you then don't like it) you have only 48 hours to return it (and then only for a credit voucher). It's best to buy online, as it's free delivery, and you can return within 14 days for a full refund to your card under the distance selling regulations
Good price..and don't need wires. Watching some video reviews at the moment (making sure only to watch ones made since SteamVR support came in last Dec).
FinbarMcDougal1st Feb

There's a reason why they are flogging these off through CEX. they are …There's a reason why they are flogging these off through CEX. they are pretty much useless. There is currently no practical use for them whatsoever. This is first generation tech and best avoided - destined to be this year's 3D TV..


Unfortunately its opinions like this that are killing off VR. I had my reservations due to these sort of comments but finally took the plunge and got a PSVR during black Friday. I was blown away at how immersive the gaming is. I recently bought a Lenovo Explorer so I could get all the PC content too and it's also fantastic. You can play steam and rift games using Windows MR with very little issues. I just don't understand why someone would say these have no practical use. Gaming in VR seems pretty practical to me especially with the quality of these headsets. I would avoid the HP though due to the poor FOV. Also check your IPD (Google if unsure) these headsets don't allow adjustment so if you have an IPD significantly above/below average then you may struggle.
What i want to know about these is are the fully supported in steamVr, as in will all the games i have right now that work with the Rift on steamVr work with say the Dell Vr unit, it seems to be something that is not fully explained as far as i can find out, and if it did i would drop the Rift for the Dell ina heartbeat just to get rid of the need for external sensor setups for room scale.
XP20034 m ago

What i want to know about these is are the fully supported in steamVr, as …What i want to know about these is are the fully supported in steamVr, as in will all the games i have right now that work with the Rift on steamVr work with say the Dell Vr unit, it seems to be something that is not fully explained as far as i can find out, and if it did i would drop the Rift for the Dell ina heartbeat just to get rid of the need for external sensor setups for room scale.


The majority of games are compatible. Here's a rough list of community tested games. It's a little old and I don't know how often it us updated but it should give you an idea of success rates of non-optimised games. More and more developers are adding their games to streamVRs WMR tested and compatible list.

reddit.com/r/W…604

I've not found any games which do not work yet. Rec Room has a minor issue with throwing going off target but I'm sure that can be fixed. No problems in other games.
XP20036 m ago

What i want to know about these is are the fully supported in steamVr, as …What i want to know about these is are the fully supported in steamVr, as in will all the games i have right now that work with the Rift on steamVr work with say the Dell Vr unit, it seems to be something that is not fully explained as far as i can find out, and if it did i would drop the Rift for the Dell ina heartbeat just to get rid of the need for external sensor setups for room scale.


Have a look at these videos - review update (2nd video) is where he talks about Steam VR compatibilty specifically

Dell Headset review
FinbarMcDougal1st Feb

There's a reason why they are flogging these off through CEX. they are …There's a reason why they are flogging these off through CEX. they are pretty much useless. There is currently no practical use for them whatsoever. This is first generation tech and best avoided - destined to be this year's 3D TV..



You’ve never used one
rossysaurus1 h, 36 m ago

The majority of games are compatible. Here's a rough list of community …The majority of games are compatible. Here's a rough list of community tested games. It's a little old and I don't know how often it us updated but it should give you an idea of success rates of non-optimised games. More and more developers are adding their games to streamVRs WMR tested and compatible list. https://www.reddit.com/r/WindowsMR/comments/7c97lm/steam_games_status/?st=JD65NYO6&sh=50735604I've not found any games which do not work yet. Rec Room has a minor issue with throwing going off target but I'm sure that can be fixed. No problems in other games.


Thanks, and would you believe it, Euro Truck sim 2 is the one game that does not work with it, if that had worked i would have grabbed the Dell one as that seem to be the best of the bunch, oh well, wait a little longer and see what happen.

Thanks again.
The Lenovo Explorer is brill fun, if you use Revive and grab Bullet train, you'll see a short but very fun example of what these headsets can do. Loads of fun! Pretty much Robo Recall by the looks of it. Also Elite Dangerous is incredible on it, Although I need a flight stick I think, I cannot kill anything, even in the training Amazin fun either way
Bullet train and Super hot are fantastic games and made me a convert to VR....and I HATE playing computer games...unless it’s streets of rage 2
NeoTrix2 h, 12 m ago

The Lenovo Explorer is brill fun, if you use Revive and grab Bullet train, …The Lenovo Explorer is brill fun, if you use Revive and grab Bullet train, you'll see a short but very fun example of what these headsets can do. Loads of fun! Pretty much Robo Recall by the looks of it. Also Elite Dangerous is incredible on it, Although I need a flight stick I think, I cannot kill anything, even in the training Amazin fun either way


Do you know that Bullet Train is a tech demo for Robo Recall?
You should be able to find a rift new for around £350, that’s a far, far better deal for much better hardware and some great free games.

I have had a rift for over a year now and got the dell visor and controllers bundled free with a laptop last month, there is just no comparison when it comes to gaming.

- controllers are flakey making a lot of throwing games very hard as they don’t register fast flicks of the wrist very well and go weird when outside the visors camera field of view. ( my dreams of multi player echo arena with the wife and a rift/visor died very quickly 😭)

- visor itself moves around side to side on your head if you move your head around quickly

- sweet spot you can actually focus on in the visor is very small, though to be fair it does look good in that small spot

- software is a fudge, it ‘works’, sometimes, with some games, with poorer performance than a rift in steam, if you use third party hacks to access rift software some work,the beach house windows MR seems to eat a chunk of resources

It’s fun to tinker with it but if you actually want to play decent games enjoyably rift is the way to go. Only thing I’d choose the visor for over a rift is if you wanted to run VRchat with a mobile setup and didn’t want to carry round the rift sensors, but the visor performance in vr chat is so bad compared to rift I’m not sure I’d pick it even then.
NeoTrix16 h, 45 m ago

The Lenovo Explorer is brill fun, if you use Revive and grab Bullet train, …The Lenovo Explorer is brill fun, if you use Revive and grab Bullet train, you'll see a short but very fun example of what these headsets can do. Loads of fun! Pretty much Robo Recall by the looks of it. Also Elite Dangerous is incredible on it, Although I need a flight stick I think, I cannot kill anything, even in the training Amazin fun either way


Yeah Bullet Train was a tech demo, while the same team worked on Robo Recall. Cool that they give that away for free too but to Touch owners.
Ngendo14 h, 5 m ago

You should be able to find a rift new for around £350, that’s a far, far be …You should be able to find a rift new for around £350, that’s a far, far better deal for much better hardware and some great free games.I have had a rift for over a year now and got the dell visor and controllers bundled free with a laptop last month, there is just no comparison when it comes to gaming. - controllers are flakey making a lot of throwing games very hard as they don’t register fast flicks of the wrist very well and go weird when outside the visors camera field of view. ( my dreams of multi player echo arena with the wife and a rift/visor died very quickly 😭)- visor itself moves around side to side on your head if you move your head around quickly- sweet spot you can actually focus on in the visor is very small, though to be fair it does look good in that small spot - software is a fudge, it ‘works’, sometimes, with some games, with poorer performance than a rift in steam, if you use third party hacks to access rift software some work,the beach house windows MR seems to eat a chunk of resources It’s fun to tinker with it but if you actually want to play decent games enjoyably rift is the way to go. Only thing I’d choose the visor for over a rift is if you wanted to run VRchat with a mobile setup and didn’t want to carry round the rift sensors, but the visor performance in vr chat is so bad compared to rift I’m not sure I’d pick it even then.


WMR just needs a bit of time to iron out the software kinks and better the gyro tracking of the controllers when not in view. Just like Oculus' Touch tracking woes when they launched, usb bandwidth issues and trial n error with extension brands.
ice2kewl3 h, 37 m ago

WMR just needs a bit of time to iron out the software kinks and better the …WMR just needs a bit of time to iron out the software kinks and better the gyro tracking of the controllers when not in view. Just like Oculus' Touch tracking woes when they launched, usb bandwidth issues and trial n error with extension brands.


Hopefully it gets better, but its not a guaranteed thing. I've never had an issue with the oculus gear and I had mine in the first or second week of them shipping, so from a personal perspective its a pretty stark contrast.
FinbarMcDougal1st Feb

There's a reason why they are flogging these off through CEX. they are …There's a reason why they are flogging these off through CEX. they are pretty much useless. There is currently no practical use for them whatsoever. This is first generation tech and best avoided - destined to be this year's 3D TV..


So, on that basis, pretty useful then? Since I still use both our 3D tv's.
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