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Samsung's Windows Mixed Reality headset will cost $499

It's also the first to have integrated headphones.
Nicole Lee, @nicole
October 3, 2017
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A few days ago, images of what looked like a Samsung Mixed Reality headset leaked online. Today, at Microsoft's Windows Mixed Reality event, both Microsoft and Samsung have officially unveiled it at last. It's called the HMD Odyssey, and it's the first Samsung VR headset to run on the Windows Mixed Reality platform. It'll ship on November 3rd, and is available on pre-order today.

The HMD Odyssey has dual 3.5-inch AMOLED displays (1,440 x 1,600 resolution each), built-in spatial AKG headphones, inside-out tracking and a built-in microphone. It also comes with Microsoft's motion controllers, which should work with the other Windows Mixed Reality headsets as well. According to Samsung, the HMD Odyssey will have a 110-degree field of view. Samsung's HMD Odyssey marks the sixth Windows Mixed Reality headset we've seen so far, but it's the first one with integrated headphones (which reminds us a lot of the Rift).

"Samsung is committed to working across platforms to build cutting-edge technology, and we're excited to partner with Microsoft to shape the future of virtual reality," said Alanna Cotton, the VP and General Manager for Samsung Electronics America, in a statement.

The HMD Odyssey will retail for $499, which is certainly up there in price compared to the other Windows Mixed Reality headsets. Other headsets like the Dell Visor and the Lenovo Explorer are about $350 each ($450 with the controllers), while the Acer is $300 ($400 with controllers) and the HP is $329 ($429 with controllers). The ASUS headset is more on par cost-wise, with a price tag of 449 Euros, which is around $500 USD. All of the above headsets are available for pre-order today.

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