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Asus AR plans held back until CES thanks to mysterious request

Asus won’t announce its augmented reality headset until CES 2017, at the request of a mysterious partner.

We’ve known that Asus was working on its own augmented reality (AR) headset for some time now. Many would have expected it to be ready by now, and some kind of VR headset has recently been spotted in the Asus demo area at Computex despite not having been announced.

The Asus AR headset is indeed ready – it’s just that the Taiwanese manufacturer is holding back its announcement. Asus CEO Jerry Shen told CNET that the company had taken this step at the request of a “very big player.”

It now seems we’re likely to see this Asus AR headset at next year’s CES show, which is set to take place in Las Vegas from January 5 to January 8.

So who could this “very big player” be? If we were to take a stab in the dark, it would be Microsoft. This is, after all, the only major tech company working in AR to any significant degree right now in the shape of its HoloLens platform.

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It’s also one of the few companies we can think of that a major computer hardware maker like Asus would go out of its way to keep onside.

Asus has also said that it will announce a VR headset alongside its AR product. Which should also happen to fit in nicely with Microsoft’s “mixed-reality” vision of the future.

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