Samsung Odyssey

Windows VR headset enters the fray with Samsung Odyssey

Microsoft announced that yet another company is going to build a virtual reality headset for its Windows Mixed Reality platform: Samsung.

The Odyssey headset looks to be a cut above the other headsets from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, and Lenovo: its dual-AMOLED screens are slightly higher resolution, at 1400×1600 rather than 1400×1400, and the field of view is 110 degrees rather than 95. It’s also a little more adjustable, with a flexible interpupillary distance, to match the headset to your eyes.

The device will go on sale on November 6 and cost $499 with a pair of motion controllers.

Like all the other headsets, the Odyssey is designed for Microsoft’s VR platform. In August, Redmond said, that in addition to games built for the Windows Mixed Reality APIs, games built for SteamVR would also be supported. The company offered a few more details about that today, too: developers can start previewing SteamVR-on-Windows Mixed Reality today, and the capability will be offered to consumers as a preview by the holiday season.