Intel says it's planning to deliver a Windows Mixed Reality experience for the Winter Olympics next year.
Microsoft is acquiring virtual-reality social networking startup AltspaceVR for an undisclosed amount. While Intel hasn't demonstrated exactly what it's building, it will likely be similar to the VR broadcasts from NBC during the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The headset ships with motion controllers, which is increasingly important in the VR market now, particularly due to the popularity of the VIVE and Oculus Touch, which most developers are now supporting.
Microsoft made this announcement at a small press event in San Francisco today. Minus the Samsung headset, each of the devices are equipped with roughly the same tech specs, with the design of the headset being the main difference.Meanwhile, Samsung has an OLED display with a resolution of 2880 x 1600 compared the other headsets with a resolution of 1440 x 1440.
The $500 Samsung HMD Odyssey sports dual AMOLED eye displays, complete with a 110-degree field of view (FoV).
The head mounted display, which runs on Windows 10, also features built-in AKG headphones with spatial audio. According to Microsoft's listing, the Samsung Odyssey headset will begin shipping on the 6th of November, with a $499 price tag. "You'll see several iconic characters in mixed reality for the first time". The Dell Visor and the HP MR headset are priced at $449, while the Acer and Lenovo Explorer will sell for $399. It's neat how the headset's built-in cameras mean you don't need to mount base stations around your room. Samsung joins that group with an intriguing option of its own.
Samsung's new headset joins devices from Acer, Dell, HP, and Lenovo that are all now available for pre-order ahead of october 17, when the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will officially be released with mixed reality support.
The Acer headset comes with motion controllers and is priced at $399 Dollars.