Samsung HMD Odyssey brings spatial audio to Windows Mixed Reality

Microsoft inadvertently lists all we need to know about the $499 Samsung Odyssey MR headset

Microsoft inadvertently lists all we need to know about the $499 Samsung Odyssey MR headset

Whether or not it is remains to be seen, but either way, there will be no shortage of Windows Mixed Reality headsets this holiday season, with perhaps the most compelling option coming from Samsung. The 110-degree field of view allows users to discover paramount virtual experiences around them.

Samsung's headset was pitched as a premium way to experience VR, thanks to it featuring higher-resolution OLED (organic light-emitting diode) displays than the other new kit. Microsoft has also teamed up with Valve for the consumer gaming aspect of Microsoft's mixed reality push.

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. A company spokesperson appeared, in virtual reality, at Microsoft's special Mixed Reality event in San Francisco this morning.

Like other recent entries into the mixed reality headset space, the Odyssey uses inside-out tracking, negating the need for external cameras. Despite this, 343 Industries is now "passionate about the potential" of mixed reality and Halo Recruit is its first "dip" into the realm.

NBC previously broadcast a range of events on the Samsung Gear VR headset, through a dedicated NBC Sports app.

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The firm uses the term "mixed reality" to refer to both VR experiences, which are based exclusively in computer-generated worlds, as well as AR, which mixes graphics and real-world views together.

Microsoft also said on Tuesday that it had acquired AltspaceVR, a California virtual reality software startup that was building social and communications tools until it ran into funding problems earlier this year.

The company also has its own hardware, but that hasn't been on display recently. The Odyssey is Samsung's play at the premium category, and it has a price tag to match-$499, same as the Rift. The Oculus Rift with built-in headset and motion controllers looks exceedingly similar to what Samsung has here.

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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