Samsung HMD Odyssey VR headset is here to challenge the Rift


Samsung launches a stand-alone, Samsung HMD Odyssey VR with 3.5-inch 1440p Super AMOLED panel with AKG headphones.

Headset Windows Mixed Reality places the user in a mixed reality - so Microsoft calls their combination of virtual and augmented reality.

The new Odyssey "mixed reality" headset - that apparently means part VR and part AR - was unveiled on October 3 at a Microsoft event in San Francisco. That's unlike Samsung's less expensive Gear VR headset, which is created to run on smartphones powered by Google's Android operating system. The point is, it was a chance for us to start to play with Microsoft's wonderful new technology and for you to get to stand toe-to-toe with an Elite (yes, I may have whimpered a little my first time in).

The Windows platform will also have a good range of content; Microsoft has its own IP such as Halo and Minecraft, and the platform will also be compatible with SteamVR, giving access to two VR ecosystems with a single headset purchase. The prices for those headsets start at about $400. The news was dropped in San Francisco at Microsoft's Mixed Reality event on Tuesday. However, did not reveal the specifics of the deal, simply saying AltspaceVR is joining Microsoft.

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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. These include not just the virtual reality headsets that will go on sale later this month but also augmented reality hardware such as HoloLens and through-the-camera augmented reality applications (think Pokémon Go, but better) running on tablets, PCs, or even phones.

Alanna Cotton, General Manager and the America VP for Samsung Electronics wrote in a statement that the Samsung HMD Odyssey was built to offer an "incredible world of virtual reality" through a performing headset.

The professional VR headset is booming day by day.