Samsung HMD Odyssey boosts Windows Mixed Reality presence

Halo ‘Mixed Reality’ Experience Revealed

Microsoft is going all in on mixed reality.

During today's Mixed Reality event, Microsoft also officially announced that Samsung also would be selling a mixed reality headset as of this holiday. According to Samsung, these displays offer the highest resolution in the industry. (You do with the existing Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR.) But we haven't yet tried it under real-world conditions, only in fairly dim rooms, and we had some tracking issues in early demos. Samsung joins that group with an intriguing option of its own.

Altspace was a pioneering social VR service available on all major VR headsets as well as traditional screens.

Alex Kipman, Technical Fellow at Microsoft said, "We're excited to welcome the Samsung HMD Odyssey to the Windows Mixed Reality family of devices". For the first time ever, you will be able to immerse yourself in the Halo universe as if you are really in the year 2558, fighting alongside and against unfamiliar alien species. "With the widest field of view, built-in spatial sound and easy setup, the Samsung HMD Odyssey transports consumers to incredible virtual reality experiences". It's a bold move in the sense that Samsung's HMD Odyssey could potentially cannibalize Gear VR sales, but Samsung seems keen to have a device for every corner of the virtual/mixed/augmented reality market.

The Windows Mixed Reality experience with the Samsung HMD Odyssey has been created to give users the very best experience right out of the box.

Microsoft is bringing its most successful franchise Halo to VR and mixed reality with an "experience" that launches later this month for the low, low price of free. Finding content shouldn't be a problem, though again we'll have to go hands on to see how the quality stacks up to the likes of higher-end headsets. It has a pair of controllers right out the box, as well - the Samsung HMD Odyssey Controller.

The Acer headset comes with motion controllers and is priced at $399 United States dollars. Halo: Recruit, teased at an event in San Francisco, gave us our first look at the popular game in mixed reality, with users getting a fuller look on October 17.

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