Samsung HMD Odyssey Headset Comes with New Features

Samsung has teamed up with AKG, the Austrian manufacturer for headphones and microphones for their built-in headphones. The headset will cost $499 and it should start shipping on November 10, after Microsoft releases the Fall Creators Update. The headset requires a connection to a PC running on a Windows 10 update being released October 17.

Others, including the Samsung Gear VR and Google's Daydream, are aimed at the wider audience of people who use smartphones.

Research firm SuperData thinks Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) forthcoming Windows Mixed Reality headsets could become a major player alongside the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. "Working with Microsoft to include Steam VR compatibility with these devices is also a big step in growing VR as an open platform for developers and consumers", Valve programmer Joe Ludwig said. However, there is no information regarding the pricing and availability of the VR headset. Microsoft hasn't disclosed plans for a new version. Gamers were some of the first adopters of VR and now Samsung has unveiled a "mixed reality" headset, which is designed with them in mind. They aren't the right hardware to offer through-the-camera-style augmented reality. On the other hand, virtual reality requires expensive headsets and personal computers that are powerful enough to run the software.




Microsoft Corp.is trying to develop technology that straddles both VR and AR, prompting the company to label its approach as "mixed reality". The Redmond, Washington, company's emphasis on its PC operating system isn't surprising, given that its own attempts to expand into smartphones have flopped so far.

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. Oculus is expected to reveal the latest updates to its VR products at a conference next week.

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