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Samsung's Odyssey VR headset seems to be a true high-end competitor

Samsung's Odyssey VR headset seems to be a true high-end competitor”

Microsoft announced today during a press conference held in San Fransisco that it has acquired the social VR startup AltspaceVR, which suddenly shut down its platform of the same name back in July due to lack of funding. The platform will continue to work on PC and Mac in 2D mode, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Daydream by Google, and Samsung Gear VR. Today, at Microsoft's Windows Mixed Reality event, both Microsoft and Samsung have officially unveiled it at last.

Pre-order Samsung Odyssey Windows Mixed Reality Headset at Microsoft Store.

Microsoft already announced that it was working with 343 Industries on Halo experiences for mixed reality, but today the company revealed its first one: Halo: Recruit. 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.

'Mixed reality on Windows PCs all begins with the upcoming release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, ' said Microsoft's Alex Kipman. 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 headset also features integrated AKG headphones with support for 360-degree spatial audio, giving it another leg up on the competition. "These first few months will focus on fostering our community and making sure AltspaceVR remains a friendly, welcoming and vibrant place to hang out in virtual reality".

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The Odyssey will go on November 6 for $499, Microsoft says. The displays will offer a 110-degree field of view, which is on par with the Oculus Rift.

The leaked Samsung controllers look very similar, but perhaps with slightly more ergonomic grips, to other ones we've seen demoed with Microsoft VR headsets.

During an early hands-on with a developer version of the Acer headset, for example, we were able to step into a digital room where we could sit at a digital desk and interact with Microsoft programs such as Word, watch videos on a big screen and more.

The Acer headset comes with motion controllers and is priced at $399 United States dollars.



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