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Samsung's Mixed Reality Headset Has AMOLED Displays, Spatial Audio


In a partnership with studio Endeavor One, 343 Industries is officially creating this Halo experience for all Windows mixed reality headsets. Also known as merged reality, mixed reality taps into elements of both AR and VR, overlaying digital elements on top of the physical world. While Intel hasn't demonstrated exactly what it's building, it will likely be similar to the VR broadcasts from NBC during the 2016 Rio Olympics. The Olympics are a good demonstration of the appeal of virtual reality video, with the ability to see a 360-degree view of sports.

The AltspaceVR team will join Microsoft and the network will continue working on competing headsets including the Oculus Rift and Gear VR.

Microsoft is bringing its most successful franchise Halo to VR and mixed reality with an "experience" that launches later this month for the low, low price of free. Over on the Microsoft Store, the Odyssey was listed early.

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. Minus the Samsung headset, each of the devices are equipped with roughly the same tech specs, with the design of the headset being the main difference.Meanwhile, Samsung has an OLED display with a resolution of 2880 x 1600 compared the other headsets with a resolution of 1440 x 1440.


The listing also mentions that the Odyssey has up to 110 degrees of field of view. But the Odyssey has two things they don't: Samsung's increasingly sought-after AMOLED screens, and built-in headphones from audio partner AKG. 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.

If you feel like the design of this headset rings a bell - you're not alone. 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.

Microsoft hosted an event in San Francisco to mark the release of a new version of Windows 10 on 17 October that supports new virtual and augmented reality capabilities.

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