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Samsung does Windows Mixed Reality with Odyssey HMD headset

Samsung does Windows Mixed Reality with Odyssey HMD headset

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.

Microsoft made this announcement at a small press event in San Francisco today. The acquisition is part of Microsoft's plans to build what the company is calling the "world's preeminent mixed reality community".

Samsung's new HMD Odyssey is the fifth Windows mixed headset to make its debut in the recent months.

Altspace was a pioneering social VR service available on all major VR headsets as well as traditional screens.

Microsoft is acquiring virtual-reality social networking startup AltspaceVR for an undisclosed amount.

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Since a year ago, Microsoft has been pushing mixed reality as a central part of the Windows 10 Creators Update.

Now the company is getting in on the emerging mixed reality scene by announcing its first headset for Microsoft's Windows Mixed Reality platform. The built-in headphones are also unique to Samsung's headset. 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.

Halo Recruit is supposed to only last around five minutes, which is seen in its absolutely free price tag. This is cheaper than the HTC VIVE and on par price-wise with the Oculus Rift now that the summer sale is over. The field of view is expected to be up to 110 degrees, with a 90Hz refresh rate.

The firm uses the term "mixed reality" to refer to both VR experiences, which are based exclusively in computer-generated worlds, as well as AR, which mixes graphics and real-world views together. 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.

The Samsung HMD Odyssey comes with integrated AKG headphones and array mics for voice commands, as well as two motion controllers.