Samsung Debuts $499 Windows Mixed Reality Headset

At an event held in San Francisco this morning, Samsung and Microsoft announced the debut of the HMD Odyssey, a headset designed to work with the Windows Mixed Reality platform.

Priced at $499, the headset offers high-resolution dual 3.5-inch AMOLED displays with a 110-degree field of view for what Samsung says is the "most immersive Windows Mixed Reality experience." With AMOLED technology, the headset offers more vibrant colors and deeper blacks for more lifelike images, and there are built-in AKG headphones for 360 degree spatial sound.

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The HMD Odyssey is equipped with a Six Degrees of Freedom sensor for "intuitive and natural movements," while the headset itself features an adjustable control wheel for a snug fit on the head and the two motion controllers enable movement in the virtual world.

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Windows Mixed Reality, despite the name, is essentially Microsoft's virtual reality platform. Microsoft has teamed up with several PC makers like Acer, Dell, HP, and Lenovo to create a range of "Mixed Reality" headsets that work with the platform. Mixed Reality mixes augmented and virtual reality experiences to blend the real world with the digital world, but Windows Mixed Reality is a full virtual reality experience at the current time.


While Apple has delved into and embraced augmented reality with the release of ARKit in iOS 11, the company is also rumored to be exploring virtual reality concepts. There have been rumors of work on both a virtual reality headset and augmented reality smart glasses, but it's not yet clear if those products will ever make it beyond the prototyping stage.

Apple in macOS High Sierra is planning to support eGPUs and VR content creation through Metal 2 and partnerships with Valve, Unity, and Unreal, but beyond that, ARKit is the closest thing the company has to the Windows Mixed Reality platform, and there is no comparable product to the Samsung headset.

Samsung's Odyssey Mixed Reality Headset is priced at $499, and is available for pre-order starting today ahead of a November 6 launch. A range of other Mixed Reality headsets are also available from Microsoft at prices starting at $329.

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Top Rated Comments

Relentless Power Avatar
50 months ago
Like the Pippin, iPod HiFi and Apple Watch, right?
You mean the top selling Watch Globally? The Apple Watch that's outselling Rolex.

http://www.executivestyle.com.au/apple-watch-topples-rolex-as-the-numberone-selling-watch-in-the-world-gyh56a
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
polterbyte Avatar
50 months ago
Like the Pippin, iPod HiFi and Apple Watch, right?
They WISH it would lose money like the Apple Watch.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jayducharme Avatar
50 months ago
I sense another money loser for Samsung.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
deanthedev Avatar
50 months ago
“Virtual Reality. The next killer technology product everyone will be using.”

Repeated every year for the last 20 years. Still hasn’t come true. Kinda reminds me of Linux users claiming this to be “The Year of Linux on the Desktop.”
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
HiRez Avatar
50 months ago
Like the Pippin, iPod HiFi and Apple Watch, right?
It's highly unlikely Apple Watch is a money-loser. Sales are estimated at ~33M total, 15M in the last 12 months. Most likely on pace for well over $5B per year in revenue at this time, for most companies that would be an incredibly successful business all by itself.

Not even sure the HiFi lost money. It certainly didn't light the world on fire, but the development and production costs likely weren't outrageous either.

Pippen, well yeah, but come on, you're going back a long way there (20 years) to the dark days of Apple, lots of bad decisions back then by bad management and if I were Samsung, I certainly wouldn't want to be reassuring myself it's OK because Apple didn't sell many Pippens.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KazKam Avatar
50 months ago
Seriously, who buys stuff like this, and then ACTUALLY USES it enough to justify the expense... beyond just a novelty or curiosity?
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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