Samsung has launched a brand new virtual reality headset which the company claims had been specifically designed for Microsoft Windows 10’s mixed reality setup.
The HMD Odyssey is a powerful and convenient product which has all the features one would expect in a VR setup.
In terms of specifications, the HMD Odyssey is a powerful and an interesting device that directly goes against Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The problem with the virtual reality headsets released so far is that they required a mammoth PC to run. The issue is being sorted out slowly and Microsoft in association with Samsung seems to be planning on making it simpler by certifying devices that work with the mixed reality headset out of the box.
When you buy the new headset, you should be able to find a good list of apps and games that work with the model. The designers claim it was made to offer the best level of comfort even when you wear it for long hours without any discomfort. Everything that you buy, be it apps or games are being offered in an aesthetic location in the virtual world. You get to see them all in the Mixed Reality Portal which is a cliff house, a spacious villa where you can virtually browse all content in the Microsoft Store to purchase and use them.
Apart from a huge collection of apps in the store, the Samsung HMD Odyssey also supports Steam. With Steam, you get access to a library of over 2000 games and apps. The pricing of the device had been cut down recently but it still sports some impressive hardware specifications like 1440 x 1600 dual AMOLED display, comfortably cushioned headbands and uses AKG headphones for maximum audio output.
The world of virtual reality is fast growing and manufacturers have understood that going cheap is the way to make people accept VR. Oculus Go, a cheaper version of the virtual reality headset at approximately $200 will launch soon followed by another cheap headset by Xiaomi. Both these models are aimed at customers who don’t want to invest in mammoth computers. They are equipped with Snapdragon processors to handle most apps and games seamlessly.
The Samsung HMD Odyssey, however, aims towards a complete virtual reality experience and mixes the best of Windows 10 Mixed reality in a powerful package. With more developers coming onboard to create new and better apps and games, it should definitely boost the VR market to new levels this year.