Where's the best place to buy Samsung's HMD Odyssey+ WMR headset?
How does Windows Mixed Reality differ from VR?
Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) is a platform birthed by Microsoft, intended as a way to get PC-based VR into more hands thanks to reduced prices and less reliance on expensive PC performance hardware. Despite the "mixed reality" title, this is genuine VR, complete with six degrees of freedom (6DoF) and tracked motion controllers.
Thanks to Steam integration and third-party workarounds by hobbyists, most VR titles that can be played on Oculus Rift S, HTC Vive, and Valve Index can also be handled by a WMR headset, as long as the PC connected has the hardware inside to power the experience.
What are the main differences between the Odyssey+ and the original Odyssey?
The original Odyssey and Odyssey+ might look the same at a quick glance, but there are some fairly major changes that are cause for the rather substantial price difference between the two HMD models.
No doubt, the biggest has to do with the display, which in the Odyssey+ now has virtually no screen-door effect. If you've had a chance to pop your head into other VR headsets, you might have noticed a fine grain over the top of the image. It might not always be evident during action sequences, for instance, but taking a second to look usually reveals the screen door. The AMOLED display is physically the same in both headsets. Still, improved technology allows for the resolution to effectively be doubled from 616 pixels-per-inch (ppi) to 1,233 ppi for a far clearer picture.
Other quality-of-life changes include a wider nose guard (40mm vs. 32mm) and wider eye box (146mm vs. 138mm), both lending to more room for your face to get comfortable, especially for anyone wearing prescription frames. You still get Samsung WMR motion controllers, there are still built-in AKG headphones, and you still get a built-in mic to chat with friends or give voice commands.
Can you still play the same games on the Odyssey+?
The Odyssey+ is a bonafide WMR headset that can handle everything the first-gen Odyssey headset handled. All WMR games from the Microsoft Store can be played on the Odyssey+, and there are likewise plenty of titles available through Steam.
Go with the Samsung Odyssey+ for a premier WMR experience
With an updated display that lacks screen-door effect and with a more comfortable fit, the new Odyssey+ is by far the best WMR headset on the market today. Thanks to rumors of a new Samsung HMD, the Odyssey+ is available at an unbelievable stock. At the same time, Samsung attempts to blow out stock. You'll get free shipping, as well as optional financing with no interest if you manage to pay it off within six months.
The best WMR headset
With clearer display, a more comfortable fit, and the same Samsung quality, the Odyssey+ is at the top of the pile of WMR headsets.
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