Samsung officially unveils Odyssey mixed reality headset

Samsung's Odyssey VR headset seems to be a true high-end competitor
Samsung's Windows Mixed Reality headset Odyssey ships November 6 for $499

04 October, 2017

This is an incredible product and another important step for the mixed reality journey we are on at Microsoft.

We'll have more details later today from San Francisco where Microsoft is showing off its mixed reality devices.

The Windows Mixed Reality platform will also support SteamVR titles. The headset is expected to be available on November 6, 2017. AltSpace is now officially a part of Microsoft and helps provide all sorts of content ranging from virtual reality meetups to comedy shows and more, Microsoft said. The Dell Visor and the HP MR headset are priced at $449, while the Acer and Lenovo Explorer will sell for $399. Support for them is baked into the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, which will begin rolling out to from 17 October.

Alex Kipman, Technical Fellow at Microsoft said, "We're excited to welcome the Samsung HMD Odyssey to the Windows Mixed Reality family of devices".

Samsung has unveiled a virtual reality rig designed for use with Windows PCs.

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The leaked Samsung controllers look very similar, but perhaps with slightly more ergonomic grips, to other ones we've seen demoed with Microsoft VR headsets.

Microsoft held a press conference for the upcoming launch of the Windows Mixed Reality platform today, confirming the existence of the Samsung Odyssey and launching the pre-order campaign for the numerous head-mounted displays (HMDs).

The firm uses the term "mixed reality" to refer to both VR experiences, which are based exclusively in computer-generated worlds, as well as AR, which mixes graphics and real-world views together. The headset offers a 110-degree field of view, and its spatial AKG headphones are created to put sound all around you.

It uses dual-AMOLED displays (rather than LCD), each with a resolution of 1,400 x 1,400. This is cheaper than the HTC VIVE and on par price-wise with the Oculus Rift now that the summer sale is over.

Halo Recruit will not be a full-fledged Halo experience, but more of an introduction to the series. Other HMD Odyssey features include inside-out tracking, a built-in microphone and motion controls for navigating your way through merged reality.

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