Samsung announces HMD Odyssey Headset powered by Microsoft's Mixed Reality platform

Samsung HMD Odyssey

Gamers were some of the first adopters of VR and now Samsung has unveiled a "mixed reality" headset, which is designed with them in mind. This time it is a premium product that has been unveiled by Samsung. Still, Microsoft picked the branding since it may eventually incorporate other sensory aspects of augmented reality into the headset, hence the mixed reality name.

You can preorder HMD Odyssey and you'll get one, with shipping starting on November 6. You can also have a go by popping into a Microsoft store.

Windows Mixed Reality will come with a mini-game called Halo:Recruit, to show off what is possible and what could come from Halo developers 343 in the future.

Samsung recently introduced new Windows mixed Reality title officially, and apparently this title is nominated for best of its kind.

Samsung launches a stand-alone, Samsung HMD Odyssey VR with 3.5-inch 1440p Super AMOLED panel with AKG headphones. The VR Headset will be available in China, US, Korea, Brazil and Hong Kong before the end of 2017.

Facebook, another company without its own smartphone operating system, also is betting on VR that works on standalones headsets build by its Oculus subsidiary.

How this will all affect current VR headsets (Rift and Vive) is both interesting remains to be seen. Or titles now available in market can give you a 1400 x 1400 display resolution and a 95 degree viewing angle per eye.

Microsoft's vision, for now, is tied to the PC, and specifically new features in the Windows operating system created to make it easier to build and display immersive environments.

The headset does not come with the flip-up visors that are available on other devices, but its design brings extra padding on the cheek fittings. On the other hand, virtual reality requires expensive headsets and personal computers that are powerful enough to run the software.

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