Samsung announces new Windows-based virtual-reality headset at Microsoft event

Samsung HMD Odyssey

Indeed, aside from Halo: Recruit, Microsoft also announced that developers will finally be able to access the preview for Windows Mixed Reality SteamVR (which it announced over a month ago) starting today. According to Microsoft's listing, the Samsung Odyssey headset will begin shipping on the 6th of November, with a $499 price tag. Samsung's Oculus Rift and HTC VIVE competitor has officially been listed on Microsoft's store, detailing its specs and price.

The $500 Samsung HMD Odyssey sports dual AMOLED eye displays, complete with a 110-degree field of view (FoV). It has two OLED displays each with a resolution of 2880 x 1660 compared to the LCD displays of the others (1440 x 1440).

The Samsung headset comes with motion controllers and is priced at $499 Dollars. Despite this, 343 Industries is now "passionate about the potential" of mixed reality and Halo Recruit is its first "dip" into the realm.

Now, Samsung is spreading its virtual wings once again, releasing a Microsoft-backed virtual reality headset that requires a PC to run.

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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 Redmond, Washington-based company invited the media to a Windows Mixed Reality event in San Francisco. 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. Which makes us wonder if they might be compatible with headsets outside of Samsung's own.

HMD Odyssey joins previously announced VR headsets and hand controllers from Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer and Asus to form the launch hardware line-up for Microsoft's new Mixed Reality platform. But most of all, we can't wait for you to take the Samsung HMD Odyssey out for a spin, and see it for yourself.

'It's the first spatial operating system - complete with a library of content that will inspire you, and a portfolio of the best, easiest to use and most affordable headsets paired with the most powerful motion controllers'.

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