Samsung does Windows Mixed Reality with Odyssey HMD headset

Oct 04, 2017, 00:26
Samsung does Windows Mixed Reality with Odyssey HMD headset

'Mixed reality on Windows PCs all begins with the upcoming release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, ' said Microsoft's Alex Kipman. The purchase by Microsoft opens new doors for the company in the virtual reality world. 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.

Today at a special Windows Mixed Reality event in San Francisco, Microsoft announced that they have acquired AltspaceVR, a leading social platform for Mixed Reality.

Microsoft is taking the fight to Facebook's Oculus Rift and HTC's VIVE virtual reality headsets by dropping the virtual reality and augmented reality monikers.

Microsoft has been touting their Windows Mixed Reality headsets for some time now, and at the event today they announced that all the headsets are now available for preorder.

During an early hands-on with a developer version of the Acer headset, for example, we were able to step into a digital room where we could sit at a digital desk and interact with Microsoft programs such as Word, watch videos on a big screen and more.

Like other recent entries into the mixed reality headset space, the Odyssey uses inside-out tracking, negating the need for external cameras. The headset offers a 110-degree field of view, and its spatial AKG headphones are created to put sound all around you.

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These features make the headset more in line with the Oculus Rift, rather than a budget headset.

Another main difference is that the Samsung HMD Odyssey comes with built-in AKG headphones for spatial audio and a dual microphone array.

20,000 apps will be available on the Microsoft Store for these mixed reality devices through Windows Mixed Reality on october 17. Halo: Recruit will be available as a free download.

Keep reading to check out the designs of each headset below. Samsung also included IPD adjustment at the base of its headset, so you can adjust the distance between the two lenses to get a sharper picture for VR.

The Samsung HMD Odyssey looks like it might surpass existing Windows MR devices from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo.