Samsung HMD Odyssey brings spatial audio to Windows Mixed Reality

04 October, 2017, 00:23 | Author: Cecelia Webb
  • Headsets that let you step into a 3-D version of Windows 10 are now available to preorder

The Windows Mixed Reality SteamVR preview is available to developers today and will be rolled out wide to consumers this holiday season. The team will be spending a lot of the next few weeks talking to the AltspaceVR community and finding out how they can build an even better place to hang out in virtual reality. 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.

Last Thursday the U.S. Patent Office published a Samsung patent application for a new VR Headset that's far more advanced than their Gear VR headset that uses a Galaxy smartphone for its display.

"The Samsung HMD Odyssey is a high performing headset created to provide the most immersive Windows Mixed Reality experience", said YG Choi, Senior Vice President of PC Business Team, Samsung Electronics.

We'll have more details later today from San Francisco where Microsoft is showing off its mixed reality devices. You can pre-order Samsung's and all the other manufacturer's headsets starting today.

With dual 3.5-inch AMOLED displays, the Samsung HMD Odyssey delivers vibrant colors, and deeper blacks, providing crisper, more lifelike images.

That field of view Choi references is up to 110 degrees.

Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset
Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset

Microsoft is hoping that it can make VR headsets as simple as PC monitors - you just plug one in, and it works, with no additional setup, and no worry about whether your friends' devices are compatible with yours.

Redmond described the experience as a brief introduction into the world of Halo, where you'll see several iconic characters in mixed reality for the first time.

Halo: Recruit will also be available as a free download along with the Creators Update on october 17.

If you feel like the design of this headset rings a bell - you're not alone. But it would take all the way until this month before Samsung would bring out something of its own.

The Samsung HMD Odyssey comes with integrated AKG headphones and array mics for voice commands, as well as two motion controllers. Microsoft is making a big push into mixed reality territory with its Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, and has lined up devices from the likes of Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, and Lenovo.




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