Microsoft goes virtual with raft of new 'mixed reality' Windows VR headsets

Microsoft goes virtual with raft of new 'mixed reality' Windows VR headsets

Microsoft goes virtual with raft of new 'mixed reality' Windows VR headsets

A few days ago, images of what looked like a Samsung Mixed Reality headset leaked online. AltspaceVR is an immersive communications virtual reality company that allows organizations to bring people together via VR. 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.

Microsoft announced today during a press conference held in San Fransisco that it has acquired the social VR startup AltspaceVR, which suddenly shut down its platform of the same name back in July due to lack of funding. Samsung's Oculus Rift and HTC VIVE competitor has officially been listed on Microsoft's store, detailing its specs and price.

Microsoft also announces that its Halo: Recruit game will come to Windows Mixed Reality headsets via free download. Microsoft lists which computers are supported on a support page, which is now offline. It revealed that the headset touts a resolution of 1,440 x 1,600 per eye and an OLED panel. The display offers a 90Hz refresh rate and a large, 110-degree field of view. This all a part of Microsoft's Mixed Reality efforts, which no doubt will be a force to reckon with in the months and years ahead. The headset also features integrated AKG headphones with support for 360-degree spatial audio, giving it another leg up on the competition. The Samsung HMD Odyssey will retail for $499 and start shipping on november 6. You can purchase a developer edition MR headset on sites like HP. Samsung also included IPD adjustment at the base of its headset, so you can adjust the distance between the two lenses to get a sharper picture for VR. "With the Samsung HMD Odyssey, the team at Samsung has developed a Windows Mixed Reality headset that will delight our fans looking to immerse themselves in the world of mixed reality this holiday".

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

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.

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