Published: Wed, October 04, 2017
Research | By Derrick Holloway

Samsung's Windows Mixed Reality headset Odyssey ships November 6 for $499

Samsung's Windows Mixed Reality headset Odyssey ships November 6 for $499

It's a new VR headset, from Samsung, designed for your Windows PC.

Here's what we know about the price of headsets so far. A month after that announcement, AltspaceVR announced it would live on, but didn't share how it had come up with the lacking funds.

The five minute experience was developed in conjunction with Endeavor One, a Seattle based virtual reality (VR) company focused on entertainment based experiences and social gaming. That is also substantially better than the 1080 x 1200 of previous VR headset standard bearers Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

If you're not familiar with AltspaceVR, it's sort of like a Second Life for VR.

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Samsung is one of a collection of brand making Windows Mixed Reality headsets this year, coming first with the Odyssey.

From my admittedly brief experience using the Odyssey running the full version of Halo Recruit, I can say that Microsoft and Samsung have managed to design and develop something that feels almost identical in image and software quality, as well as comfort, to the Oculus Rift.

Sounds like we will be experiencing the world of Halo as a recruit! Microsoft has announced that a mixed reality Halo experience will be releasing on October 17th. Team members apparently connected with Microsoft's Alex Kipman and saw that his goals for mixed reality were the same as their hopes for the future of AltspaceVR. We'll update when we get more information. That's what allows them to do positional tracking without requiring you set up cumbersome cameras.

Unlike typical head-mounted displays, you do not need to install any extra motion sensors, simply connect to your PC and get started. You're suppose to just "plug and play". The acquisition is part of Microsoft's plans to build what the company is calling the "world's preeminent mixed reality community". The Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset is the lowest at $299, followed by the Dell Visor and Lenovo Explorer at $349 apiece, and then the HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset priced at $450 including motion controllers.

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The Acer headset comes with motion controllers and is priced at $399 Dollars.

The device also comes with 360° Spatial Sound, providing users with complete surround sound, through built-in AKG headphones.

KitGuru Says: I really enjoy my Oculus Rift but I do wish VR resolutions were higher.

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