Samsung and Microsoft have jointly announced the debut of the HMD Odyssey – a new headset that will integrate with the Windows Mixed Reality platform.
Microsoft has begun hedging its bets on augmented reality through Windows Holographic OS, and now the Redmond firm has joined forces with Samsung to announce the HMD Odyssey – the first headset designed to work with the new Windows Mixed Reality platform.
The headset is designed with AMOLED tech at play in conjunction with AKG headphones – these offerings will provide vibrant colours and 360-degree spatial sound, respectively.
The headset arrives with two motion controllers – similar to other virtual reality efforts, such as PlayStation VR – while the headset is equipped is with an adjustable control wheel.
Microsoft has punted partnerships with the likes of Acer, Dell, HP, and Lenovo to promote its own Mixed Reality ecosystem – something that first kicked off with the debut of Microsoft’s own HoloLens system.
Whereas HoloLens focusses on delivering Augmented Reality experiences – combining digital elements on top of a view of the physical world, Mixed Reality delivers content through a digital lens – in essence, layering the best parts of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR).
Microsoft’s latest push comes after the release of ARKit for iOS – which has enabled developers to craft meaningful AR experiences for Apple devices – and the arrival of support for eGPUS on macOS High Sierra, which enables developers to utilise their macs to develop content for third-party headsets and systems.
The HMD Odyssey is now available for pre-order, and will retail for the lofty price of $499 USD.
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