Mixed reality Halo experience to release this month

A listing for this mixed reality headset was briefly up on Microsoft's website.

Although the monetary details of the acquisition are not available, today's announcements reveal that Microsoft was the company passionate enough to save AltspaceVR. Keep in mind Microsoft's mixed reality platform is a mix between augmented reality and virtual reality. The headset is expected to be available on November 6, 2017. The team will be spending a lot of the next few weeks talking to the AltspaceVR community and finding out how they can build an even better place to hang out in virtual reality. The headset offers a 110-degree field of view, and its spatial AKG headphones are created to put sound all around you.

Microsoft held a press conference for the upcoming launch of the Windows Mixed Reality platform today, confirming the existence of the Samsung Odyssey and launching the pre-order campaign for the numerous head-mounted displays (HMDs).

The HMD Odyssey will retail for $499, which comes in above the $450 headset and controllers bundles from Dell and Lenovo.

Since previous year, Microsoft has been pushing mixed reality as a central part of the Windows 10 Creators Update. The built-in headphones are also unique to Samsung's headset.

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Last Thursday the U.S. Patent Office published a Samsung patent application for a new VR Headset that's far more advanced than their Gear VR headset that uses a Galaxy smartphone for its display. Most of the other mixed reality headsets are going with Microsoft's reference specs and LCD screens, which don't refresh quite as fast as the AMOLED displays that Samsung is using here.

These features make the headset more in line with the Oculus Rift, rather than a budget headset.

Redmond described the experience as a brief introduction into the world of Halo, where you'll see several iconic characters in mixed reality for the first time.

Halo Recruit will not be a full-fledged Halo experience, but more of an introduction to the series. The tech giant is all in on mixed reality, and this new era of Microsoft technology starts on october 17 with five headsets from Acer, Dell, HP Inc. The Oculus Rift with built-in headset and motion controllers looks exceedingly similar to what Samsung has here.


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