Samsung announces new VR headset

Allan Goodman
October 5, 2017

"We are standing at the threshold of the next revolution in computing".

And what of Microsoft's place in this future? "Mixed reality offers a plethora of fun and engaging content that is continually evolving".

Yesterday in San Francisco, Microsoft unveiled an array of Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) announcements, including new devices, features, software, and more.

PC makers Dell, HP, Acer and Lenovo also will be making VR headsets created to work with Windows 10 machines.

The only company to have embraced the entire continuum for MR, from AR to VR.

Microsoft is also working with gaming giant Valve to add support for SteamVR, its library of virtual reality games. 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. There will be apps from 20,000 titles that support the platform including games like Minecraft.

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VR, on the other hand, completely immerses people into fake worlds, and usually requires wearing a headset that blocks out everything else.

It remains to be seen whether WMR will truly take off, but Microsoft seems to be all-in.

Samsung is yet to confirm when this product is going to be announced but chances are that we might hear about it later today at Microsoft Mixed Reality event. Hopefully, 343 Industries is not presenting this reveal as the final product of Halo: Recruit, and there will be something better at the official Halo: Recruit reveal on October 17. With inside-out position tracking, users are not restricted to a limited space during their virtual reality experience. 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.

Below is a look at Halo: Recruit in action.

Samsung's HMD Odyssey has been made available for pre-order on that same day, priced at $499 per unit and expected to start shipping early next month.

Alanna Cotton, Samsung USA VP and GM, introduces the Odyssey on the Cliff House rooftop.

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