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Samsung HMD Odyssey is the highest-end Windows Mixed Reality headset yet

04 October 2017, 12:22 | Antonio Miles

Headsets that let you step into a 3-D version of Windows 10 are now available to preorder

Microsoft acquires VR social network AltspaceVR

This is an incredible product and another important step for the mixed reality journey we are on at Microsoft.

Update, 11:00 a.m. PT: This headset is now official, and we're at an event right now in San Francisco learning about it. Part of this update includes full support for Windows Mixed Reality, the company's name for the continuum between augmented reality and full virtual reality. Today at a press event in San Francisco, HoloLens creator Alex Kipman revealed what's next for Windows Mixed Reality and the newest partner device added to the ecosystem-the Samsung HMD Odyssey. The Samsung HMD Odyssey (information about which leaked recently thanks to "The Walking Cat" on Twitter) will be available for $499.

Microsoft is acquiring virtual-reality social networking startup AltspaceVR for an undisclosed amount.

Finally, the Samsung HMD Odyssey comes with Microsoft's motion controllers, which we've seen already in the likes of the Dell Visor Mixed Reality headset as well the Lenovo Explorer and Acer Mixed Reality Head-mounted Display.

Since past year, Microsoft has been pushing mixed reality as a central part of the Windows 10 Creators Update.

Samsung officially unveiled its Windows Mixed Reality headset. The field of view is expected to be up to 110 degrees, with a 90Hz refresh rate.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) acquires virtual reality social network AltspaceVR. This is cheaper than the HTC VIVE and on par price-wise with the Oculus Rift now that the summer sale is over.

Others, including the Samsung Gear VR and Google's Daydream, are aimed at the wider audience of people who use smartphones. The two controllers and two cameras on the headset will be able to track movement with six degrees of freedom (XYZ linear, yaw, pitch and roll). 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. Samsung joins the likes of Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo in creating a Windows Mixed 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.

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