Microsoft beat Apple in the world of desktop operating systems because it allowed many manufacturers to make Windows PCs. Now the company thinks the same business model will help it dominate "mixed reality" -- its name for the HoloLens headset tech, which can handle both augmented reality (think Apple's ARKit, where you get to see digital objects in the real world) and totally enclosed virtual reality (think Oculus Rift). A huge boost for the world-conquering-with-allies strategy was announced Tuesday: Samsung is officially joining forces with Microsoft on a mixed reality Windows headset on sale next month. A slew of other major manufacturers unveiled pre-orders for their own HoloLens headsets, which arrive on Oct. 17 alongside a the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. SEE ALSO: Here's one way to propose to the love of your life--in VR At an event in San Francisco intended as a mixed-reality kickoff, Microsoft also went all-in on gaming -- launching a Halo VR game called Halo Recruit, and announcing that Valve's Virtual Reality offerings would be coming to the HoloLens platform.
Samsung may be about to release a brand new virtual reality headset that won't need to be connected to a smartphone, PC or games console. The VR headset would be a standalone device, where you could download games and films directly onto the headset. If the rumours are true, Samsung could beat its VR rivals like HTC and Oculus who sell VR devices that need extra hardware to experience virtual reality. Consumer electronics giant Samsung may be about to release a brand new virtual reality headset that won't need to be connected to a smartphone, PC or games console. Oculus Rift: Bought by Facebook in 2014 for 2 billion, Oculess sells the Rift headset for around 1,000 ( 1,320).
Microsoft is touting virtual reality headsets made by other companies in hopes of establishing personal computers running on its Windows 10 operating system as the best way for people to experience artificial worlds. The devices unveiled Tuesday include a Samsung headset called the HMD Odyssey. The $500 headset requires a connection to a PC running on a Windows 10 update being released Oct. 17. That's unlike Samsung's less expensive Gear VR headset, which is designed to run on smartphones powered by Google's Android operating system. The 4th Windows 10 update will be offered on October 17.
Samsung has unveiled the HMD Odyssey, a headset that claims the high end of Microsoft's Windows 10 Mixed Reality platform. Samsung's $499 headset is available for pre-order immediately in the US from either Samsung or the Microsoft Store and will be ready to ship to customers on November 10. It ships shortly after Microsoft's October 17 release of the Fall Creators Update, which brings support for Windows Mixed Reality. Behind games and entertainment, training and education and branded experience were most common use cases for augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and mixed reality. The HMD Odyssey fills out the top end of Mixed Reality headsets from Microsoft partners Acer, Dell, HP, and Lenovo, which start at $399.
Samsung will launch a new virtual reality headset powered by Microsoft's Windows Mixed Reality platform, both companies announced on Tuesday. The headset, called the Samsung HMD Odyssey, will be released on November 6 for $499, making it the same price as the Oculus Rift. The Samsung HMD Odyssey's standout feature appears to be its display, which includes a 1,440-by-1,600 pixel resolution per eye. The screen will also be built using the same vibrant AMOLED technology Samsung uses for its smartphones. The $499 price includes two motion controllers, and the headset will have integrated AKG headphones that support spatial audio.