Samsung’s Odyssey VR headset with OLED displays looks impressive on paper
This could be the Windows VR headset to beat.
Announced in partnership with Microsoft, the Odyssey sets itself apart from other mixed reality headsets by upping the ante with 3.5-inch OLED display panels and more pixels.
The displays on the Odyssey use the same technology found in Samsung’s crisp AMOLED smartphones. They offer viewers a combined 2880×1600 resolution (1440×1600 per eye) at 90Hz, serving up more pixels than even the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, both of which check in at 2160×1200 (1200×1080 per eye).
“The Samsung HMD Odyssey is a high performing headset designed to provide the most immersive Windows Mixed Reality experience,” said YG Choi, Senior Vice President of PC Business Team, Samsung Electronics. “With the widest field of view, built-in spatial sound and easy setup, the Samsung HMD Odyssey transports consumers to incredible virtual reality experiences.”
That field of view Choi references is up to 110 degrees. The headset also features integrated AKG headphones with support for 360-degree spatial audio, giving it another leg up on the competition.
Like other recent entries into the mixed reality headset space, the Odyssey uses inside-out tracking, negating the need for external cameras. It also has built-in microphones for barking commands at Cortana, Microsoft’s virtual assistant.
This is quite a different than Samsung’s Gear VR, which is powered by Oculus and requires a Galaxy smartphone. The Odyssey is Samsung’s play at the premium category, and it has a price tag to match—$499, same as the Rift.
The Odyssey is up for preorder at the Microsoft Store, with a release date scheduled for November 6. Microsoft’s Fall Creators Update will start doling out to Windows 10 PCs on October 17.