Samsung Unveils Windows-Based Virtual Reality Headset

Oct 05, 2017, 00:36
Samsung Unveils Windows-Based Virtual Reality Headset

This should mean that Samsung's headset is going to offer better contrast compared to numerous other Windows Mixed Reality headsets that generally feature LCD panels.

Alex Kipman, Technical Fellow of new device categories in the Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft, said: "With the AltspaceVR team onboard we look forward to building the world's preeminent mixed reality community". Microsoft hasn't disclosed plans for a new version.

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She went on to say: "Our 5-minute Halo experience will be available for fans to try in Microsoft Stores, and as a free download from the Windows Store, on October 17 (you will of course, need to have a Windows MR headset to play)".

Samsung has a new VR headset, but it's designed for your Windows PC. For example, gamers who can't attend the next Xbox event in person may be able to do so using a headset and this app. Last June, #Samsung was reported to be in the development of a VR headset with some fairly impressive specs like a 2,000 ppi display. Thanks to their inclusion, the Odyssey should work with most SteamVR games when support rolls out later this year. To showcase the HMD Odyssey's capabilities the demonstration unit was running a virtual experience from Microsoft's first-person shooter franchise "Halo", a VR spinoff called "Halo Recruit". Rather, it is an "experience" that gives users a taste of the Halo universe. Coming to the Mixed reality headset, it comes loaded with inside-out position tracking and has a six degrees of Freedom (6 DOF) sensor allowing for intuitive and natural movements. The Samsung HMD Odyssey will be available later this year in the US, China, Korea, Brazil and Hong Kong, with pre-orders beginning in the US only on October 3rd. The biggest will no doubt be Halo Recruit.

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"When we began designing and engineering the Samsung HMD Odyssey with Microsoft, there was only one goal in mind, create a high performing headset that's easy to set up and can transport people to the incredible world of virtual reality".

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