Samsung Odyssey could be the Windows VR headset to beat

Samsung announces new Windows-based virtual-reality headset at Microsoft event

Microsoft lists which computers are supported on a support page, which is now offline.

Update, 11:00 a.m. PT: This headset is now official, and we're at an event right now in San Francisco learning about it.

The Windows Mixed Reality experience with the Samsung HMD Odyssey has been created to give users the very best experience right out of the box.

Microsoft also announces that its Halo: Recruit game will come to Windows Mixed Reality headsets via free download.

Microsoft is hoping that it can make VR headsets as simple as PC monitors - you just plug one in, and it works, with no additional setup, and no worry about whether your friends' devices are compatible with yours. Each headset should provide a relatively similar experience and, with Microsoft's Windows 10 Fall Creator's Update rolling out on october 17, will let you experience new ways to interact with Windows.

Now the company is getting in on the emerging mixed reality scene by announcing its first headset for Microsoft's Windows Mixed Reality platform.

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At Windows Mixed Reality event in New York City today, Microsoft is expected to detail its plan for the new Windows Era.

The HMD Odyssey will retail for $499, which is certainly up there in price compared to the other Windows Mixed Reality headsets. Microsoft's goal here is to foster an integrated mixed reality ecosystem that all feeds back into Windows 10. However, the arguably biggest news is that the platform will arrive with its own entry in the Halo franchise: Halo: Recruit.

The listing also mentions that the Odyssey has up to 110 degrees of field of view. The idea behind the Mixed Reality term is so that AR and VR headsets could play well together, and have access to the same software and applications.

Samsung has unveiled a virtual reality rig designed for use with Windows PCs. Holiday shoppers might find these devices a better option that the more expensive Oculus Rift and VIVE.

The Acer headset comes with motion controllers and is priced at $399 United States dollars.

Alex Kipman, Technical Fellow at Microsoft said, "We're excited to welcome the Samsung HMD Odyssey to the Windows Mixed Reality family of devices".

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