How to get the new Microsoft and Samsung 'mixed reality' headset

Gwen Vasquez
October 7, 2017

The release for the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 is getting closer and closer and promises to come with a lot of interesting features, such as Windows Mixed Reality.

Samsung has teamed up with AKG, the Austrian manufacturer for headphones and microphones for their built-in headphones. That's unlike Samsung's less expensive Gear VR headset, which is created to run on smartphones powered by Google's Android operating system.

The Samsung HMD Odyssey will become available before the end of the year in the US, China, Korea, Brazil and Hong Kong at a price of $499. The Gear VR sells for $40 to $130. She also added that Samsung wants to work with Microsoft in order to shape the future of VR. The prices for those headsets start at about $400.

GameSpot has confirmed that "Halo: Recruit" will not be a game or part of one but instead be an exciting new arcade experience from Microsoft.

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That said, Llamas still has concerns about the platform, echoing IHS Markit's analysis that consumers might not actually know the difference between the terms "virtual" and "mixed reality" - especially as most of the headsets going on sale on October 17th only offer virtual reality experiences at the moment.

Both Apple and Google are focused on bringing a slightly different format called "augmented reality" to smartphones running on their software.

Samsung's headset is HMD Odyssey and has full support for the Microsoft platform - Windows Mixed Reality. The Redmond, Washington, company's emphasis on its PC operating system isn't surprising, given that its own attempts to expand into smartphones have flopped so far. Augmented reality, or AR, projects digital images into real-life scenes usually viewed through a camera lens. By all reviews, the headset is a little more VR than AR - but the Oculus Rift competitor should have gamers somewhat excited. This means that it won't squeeze your head, like other headsets do.

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