Samsung's HMD Odyssey sets sail for the mixed reality party

With Asus, Dell, Lenovo, Acer and now Samsung delving into competition, ranging from $399 up, Mixed Reality is set to be a lot more accessible than VR was at the beginning of its life. The Samsung Odyssey title will be released on November 6 and Windows 10 Fall creators Update needs.

"Halo" is getting the virtual reality (VR) treatment and then some, as Microsoft announces "Halo: Recruit", which they proudly introduced as a mixed-reality experience incorporating VR and other sensory stimulations.

343 Industries has revealed a free mixed reality shooting experience, Halo Recruit and teased more mixed reality Halo to come. The HMD Odyssey has two AMOLED displays, a microphone to talk to Cortana, Windows controllers for motions, and inside-out tracking. They have a wider field of view at up to 110 degrees and a higher resolution at 1,440 x 1,600 per eye than any other Windows VR headset on the market.

Samsung's headset manages to come up with some impressive characteristics. The app is available for Google Daydream, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Samsung Gear VR, but previously there hasn't been a peep about Windows Mixed Reality.

The South Korean electronics giant unveiled its Samsung HMD Odyssey at a Microsoft event in San Francisco recently.

The Windows platform will also have a good range of content; Microsoft has its own IP such as Halo and Minecraft, and the platform will also be compatible with SteamVR, giving access to two VR ecosystems with a single headset purchase. So not only Samsung has followed the specs that were referenced by Microsoft, but they have also exceeded them.

It remains to be seen how Microsoft will actually market Mixed Reality, but with the hardware that will be available and the understanding of the "virtual reality" term, the company would arguably be wise to quietly ignore the "MR" term and stick with "VR" when putting these things in front of consumers.