Samsung announces new Windows-based virtual-reality headset at Microsoft event

04 October, 2017, 00:25 | Author: Archie Newman
  • Microsoft reveals the future of Windows Mixed Reality

Another point in the Odyssey's favor is that the Windows Mixed Reality headsets will eventually have access to the SteamVR catalog. The company also announced that it has acquired AltSpaceVR to build "world's preeminent mixed reality community". While Intel hasn't demonstrated exactly what it's building, it will likely be similar to the VR broadcasts from NBC during the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Others, including the Samsung Gear VR and Google's Daydream, are aimed at the wider audience of people who use smartphones.

Microsoft is jumpstarting its social VR effort by acquiring AltspaceVR and its remaining team.

Given its specs, this is clearly a premium headset - and quite likely the nicest one in the current mixed reality lineup.

The Korean electronics giant unveiled its Samsung HMD Odyssey at a Microsoft event in San Francisco on Tuesday. Now Microsoft has confirmed the headset indirectly before the official launch date. The Redmonder group had put the base of the new headset online, although it should have been online before the event started. It stands out because it has dual-OLED displays, each with a higher 1400 x 1400 resolution and 110-degree field-of-view. The headset also features integrated AKG headphones with support for 360-degree spatial audio, giving it another leg up on the competition.

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But the $3,000 device, much costlier than mainstream VR headsets that sell for less than $1,000, has been limited to niche applications.

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. The headsets release on October 17. This could potentially make a huge difference in the quality of the Windows Mixed Reality experience for two reasons.

If you feel like the design of this headset rings a bell - you're not alone.

The company also has its own hardware, but that hasn't been on display recently. You'll be able to download apps in the Microsoft Store to use with these MR headsets, and Microsoft is promising a number of VR games - including Minecraft - will be available. It costs $499 with bundled motion controllers.

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