Microsoft's Windows Mixed Reality event: Samsung Odyssey, headset preorders open, and more

Microsoft's Windows Mixed Reality event: Samsung Odyssey, headset preorders open, and more

Microsoft believes that mixed reality will change the modern workspace and it has brought AltspaceVR onboard to make that a reality.

Although the monetary details of the acquisition are not available, today's announcements reveal that Microsoft was the company passionate enough to save AltspaceVR.

Microsoft has been somewhat slow in commercializing the consumer front of virtual, augmented and mixed reality products.

Until now, HTC's Vive and Facebook's Oculus Rift have had most of the market in high-end PC-based VR headsets to themselves. AltspaceVR is an immersive communications virtual reality company that allows organizations to bring people together via VR.

The firm uses the term "mixed reality" to refer to both VR experiences, which are based exclusively in computer-generated worlds, as well as AR, which mixes graphics and real-world views together.

Microsoft even said it plans to focus on fostering the community and making sure AltspaceVR remains a "vibrant place" to hang out in VR.

The $500 Samsung HMD Odyssey sports dual AMOLED eye displays, complete with a 110-degree field of view (FoV).

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Finally, the Samsung HMD Odyssey comes with Microsoft's motion controllers, which we've seen already in the likes of the Dell Visor Mixed Reality headset as well the Lenovo Explorer and Acer Mixed Reality Head-mounted Display.

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You don't hear much these days about the mixed reality headsets that Microsoft announced a couple of years back at E3, but that changes today with the announcement of a key addition to the software lineup for the Hololens and other Windows VR headsets. Support for them is baked into the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, which will begin rolling out to from 17 October.

Now, Samsung is spreading its virtual wings once again, releasing a Microsoft-backed virtual reality headset that requires a PC to run.

Like other recent entries into the mixed reality headset space, the Odyssey uses inside-out tracking, negating the need for external cameras.

The Acer headset comes with motion controllers and is priced at $399 Dollars.