Samsung HMD Odyssey is the highest-end Windows Mixed Reality headset yet

At the moment this appears to be the most extravagant Windows Mixed Reality HMD yet revealed. Microsoft has already borrowed from Halo to name its virtual assistant, Cortana, so it makes sense that the company would turn back to Halo to show off new mixed reality advancements. 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.

By contrast, Samsung's more basic Gear VR - which works with some of its smartphones - had sold more than eight million units, according to the same market research. The Olympics are a good demonstration of the appeal of virtual reality video, with the ability to see a 360-degree view of sports. After lining up support and headsets from partners like Acer, Dell HP and Lenovo, Microsoft also today announced that Samsung is bringing a virtual reality headset for room-scale VR to its platform. Some new information about the Samsung Odyssey Mixed Reality headset has surfaced online today.

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Microsoft's mixed reality ambitions always extended far beyond HoloLens.

Update, 11:00 a.m. PT: This headset is now official, and we're at an event right now in San Francisco learning about it. Of course, to access it you will have to own one of the Windows mixed reality headsets. It features dual AMOLED displays, which Samsung will produce vivid colors and sharp resolution. The display offers a 90Hz refresh rate and a large, 110-degree field of view. Holiday shoppers might find these devices a better option that the more expensive Oculus Rift and VIVE.

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While it is unknown if this will lead to more Halo mixed reality experiences, fans can look forward to Halo Recruit very soon Unfortunately, it won't be a full game or even minigame, so don't get your hopes completely up. You can purchase a developer edition MR headset on sites like HP.

Mixed reality on PCs begins with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update that releases on October 17. It joins Acer's Windows Mixed Reality Headset, the Dell Visor, HP's Windows Mixed Reality Headset and the Lenovo Explorer as devices created to work with Windows 10.

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