Samsung HMD Odyssey Joins Microsoft's Mixed Reality World

04 October, 2017, 00:26 | Author: Becky Perry
  • Samsung HMD Odyssey Joins Microsoft's Mixed Reality World

So far, we've been cautiously optimistic about Microsoft's Windows Mixed Reality platform. With the AltspaceVR team aboard, Microsoft said it looks forward to building the world's preeminent mixed reality community. The Olympics are a good demonstration of the appeal of virtual reality video, with the ability to see a 360-degree view of sports.

Microsoft is also folding in Altspace VR, the virtual reality social network that appeared to be at death's door in early summer.

Samsung is joining Microsoft's virtual reality push, announcing an immersive headset that pairs with Windows computers. Either way, the controllers are part of the most monstrously high-end of the Windows Mixed Reality hardware spectrum.

Although the monetary details of the acquisition are not available, today's announcements reveal that Microsoft was the company passionate enough to save AltspaceVR. Is it comfortable? We'll need to find out - not to mention whether it's worth $499, as much as you'd pay for a complete Oculus Rift kit, and more than Microsoft's other partners are asking for their Windows Mixed Reality headsets. It features dual AMOLED displays, which Samsung will produce vivid colors and sharp resolution. However, refresh rate is 90Hz on all headsets.

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"With their own headsets available, it is likely that they will focus on promoting bundles with their own devices".

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Lenovo, HP, Dell, Acer, and ASUS already jumped on the Windows Mixed Reality hype train, but there's another big name entering the fray today: Samsung. This could potentially make a huge difference in the quality of the Windows Mixed Reality experience for two reasons. There's also inside-out tracking and a built-in microphone, which should add to the immersion, though we won't know just how well until we go hands on with the device.

Samsung's new headset joins devices from Acer, Dell, HP, and Lenovo that are all now available for pre-order ahead of October 17, when the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will officially be released with mixed reality support.



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