Samsung Odyssey looks like the best Windows Mixed Reality headset yet

Samsung HMD Odyssey

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A few days ago, we reported that Samsung is working on a Mixed Reality headset with Windows operating system and today the company has officially unveiled its new Windows Mixed Reality headset "Odyssey" for $499. The headset is expected to be available on November 6, 2017.

The $500 Samsung HMD Odyssey sports dual AMOLED eye displays, complete with a 110-degree field of view (FoV). The Windows Mixed Reality SteamVR preview is available to developers today and will be rolled out wide to consumers this holiday season.

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The Samsung headset comes with motion controllers and is priced at $499 Dollars.

As a reminder, Microsoft is positioning Windows Mixed Reality as an all-inclusive concept that includes both augmented and virtual reality - HoloLens is for AR, while the other Windows Mixed Reality headsets would be used for VR. Despite this, 343 Industries is now "passionate about the potential" of mixed reality and Halo Recruit is its first "dip" into the realm. Microsoft has already borrowed from Halo to name its virtual assistant, Cortana, so it makes sense that the company would turn back to Halo to show off new mixed reality advancements. The built-in headphones are also unique to Samsung's headset.

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With its Oculus-supported Gear VR headset, Samsung has been pushing the boundaries of affordable VR for years. To connect to the PC that'll run the Mixed Reality experience, this device uses HDMI 2.O as well as USB 3.0 in a single bound cable setup. Now Microsoft has confirmed the headset indirectly before the official launch date. The Redmonder group had put the base of the new headset online, although it should have been online before the event started. There's also inside-out tracking and a built-in microphone, which should add to the immersion, though we won't know just how well until we go hands on with the device. 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. Each headset should provide a relatively similar experience and, with Microsoft's Windows 10 Fall Creator's Update rolling out on october 17, will let you experience new ways to interact with Windows.

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