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Microsoft Finally Has a Mixed Reality Headset You Might Actually Want to Buy

Microsoft Finally Has a Mixed Reality Headset You Might Actually Want to Buy
From Lifehacker - October 4, 2017

Microsoft has been testing out its concept for mixed reality ever since early 2015 when it first revealed the HoloLens. Over two years later (and with an assist from Samsung) the company may finally be ready to offer a product that people actually want at a price they can actually afford.

Meet the Samsung HMD Odyssey

On October 3, Microsoft revealed the Samsung HMD Odyssey at an event focused on its Windows Mixed Reality platform. The new headset looks a lot like Facebooks Oculus Rift and other high-end products, but Microsoft says its easier to use than its competitionand it has a few other big advantages too.

The Samsung HMD Odyssey works with any computer running the Window 10 Falls Creators Update, which releases on October 17, while headsets like the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive need a high-end PC to work. Samsungs headset also has a higher resolution than either of those headsets, and Microsoft also says it only takes minutes to set up, while the Vive and Rift can take an hour or longer to install.

The HMD Odyssey also features built-in camera (so you can walk around in virtual reality without setting up a bunch of cameras in the room first), as well as a microphone so you can talk to Microsofts AI assistant Cortana. It even has built-in headlines with spatial 360-degree audio.

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