Windows Mixed Reality headsets expected to sell pretty well-or quite badly

Lena Tucker
October 7, 2017

Gamers were some of the first adopters of VR and now Samsung has unveiled a "mixed reality" headset, which is designed with them in mind. With Asus, Dell, Lenovo, Acer and now Samsung delving into competition, ranging from $399 up, Mixed Reality is set to be a lot more accessible than VR was at the beginning of its life. It will aim to encompass both Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, and will be compatible with Windows 10 on the day of release. The Korean company will bring to the table a handset for a room-scale virtual reality.

Depending on which analysts you choose to believe, Windows Mixed Reality headsets will either sell strongly, outselling the Oculus Rift by two-to-one and the HTC Vive by ten-to-fifteen percent in the fourth quarter. or get off to a slow start, with VR remaining niche. That's a bummer, but on the bright side, it might not be a long wait-Microsoft announced at a cozy press event in San Francisco that its mixed reality platform is now open to Steam VR developers. The HMD Odyssey has two AMOLED displays, a microphone to talk to Cortana, Windows controllers for motions, and inside-out tracking.

Samsung's headset manages to come up with some impressive characteristics.

According to The Verge, Samsung's HMD Odyssey will be available on November 6 for $499. "Working with Microsoft to include SteamVR compatibility with these devices is also a big step in growing VR as an open platform for developers and consumers". So not only Samsung has followed the specs that were referenced by Microsoft, but they have also exceeded them.

Samsung's HMD Odyssey will cost $500 and begin shipping early next month.

Microsoft's vision, for now, is tied to the PC, and specifically new features in the Windows operating system created to make it easier to build and display immersive environments. Users can also download it for free from the Windows Store on October 17, provided that they own a Windows Mixed Reality headset.

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