Samsung does Windows Mixed Reality with Odyssey HMD headset

At an event in San Francisco, Microsoft Operating Systems Group Technical Fellow and HoloLens inventor Alex Kipman outlined the future of Windows Mixed Reality, which Redmond seems to believe is the future of computing.

Whether or not it is remains to be seen, but either way, there will be no shortage of Windows Mixed Reality headsets this holiday season, with perhaps the most compelling option coming from Samsung.

The $500 Samsung HMD Odyssey sports dual AMOLED eye displays, complete with a 110-degree field of view (FoV). This could potentially make a huge difference in the quality of the Windows Mixed Reality experience for two reasons. First, AMOLED displays can generate deeper blacks and more vibrant colors than your average OLED or LCD screen. Second, all other Windows Mixed Reality headsets we've seen have a 95-degree FoV. The Samsung headset will be more immersive because there will be less dead space in your peripheral vision. The headset is expected to be available on November 6, 2017, and it comes with motion controllers.

Alanna Cotton, vice president and general manager of Samsung Electronics America joined Kipman in San Francisco to announce the product and spotlighted Microsoft's aim to "shape the future of virtual reality:"

When we began designing and engineering the Samsung HMD Odyssey with Microsoft, there was only one goal in mind, create a high performing headset that's easy to set up and can transport people to the incredible world of virtual reality. Powered with dual AMOLED displays which Samsung is known for, that result in vivid colors and the highest resolution in the industry, built-in spatial AKG headphones, inside-out tracking, built-in microphone, and quick, responsive motion controllers, the Samsung HMD Odyssey immerses users with a 110° field of view as they discover the new frontier of Windows Mixed Reality.Samsung is committed to working across platforms to build cutting-edge technology, and we're excited to partner with Microsoft to shape the future of virtual reality. But most of all, we can't wait for you to take the Samsung HMD Odyssey out for a spin, and see it for yourself.

The Samsung HMD Odyssey joins a set of Windows Mixed Reality announcements today, including game news from both SteamVR and Halo, and Microsoft's purchase of Altspace VR.

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11 Comments
  • In two years Microsoft will partner with oclus to bring best consumer experience and abondon the whole VR sector because it is not cloudy/enterprise enough. S/
  • A device that a company made to run on their competition. If this were Microsoft making this device, people would be here screaming that it means the death of Microsoft. Instead, it is being used to proclaim the death of Microsoft. Damned if you do, ....
  • If you have read "Hit Refresh" book by Satya Nadella then you may know Microsoft is betting on three things
    1. Quantum computing
    2. AI
    3. Mixed Reality
  • What he said ^
  • US only by the looks...
  • I wish they would check before telling everyone you can preorder. Simple to do. It is the World Wide Web after all. US ONLY.
  • Just pre-ordered one.  It is a top end model.
  • Does this, or any of them, ANY, have adjustable PD values? More than the faux digital one MS provides in the app?
  • Hi poken1151, the Acer, HP, Lenovo, & Dell HMDs do not have mechanical IPD adjustment. The Samsung Odyssey Mixed Reality HMD has a mechanical IPD adjuster. Windows Mixed Reality comes with software IPD adjustment for all, which improves image distortion and depth accuracy based on your IPD. Users can set their custom IPD via the Settings app.
  • This is not the only Mixed Reality Headset with 110* FOV, The Dell Visor also has 110* FOV.
  • Best one yet, I didn't expect it to come out this year. Good to have Samsung on board.