Microsoft To Host US And International Mixed Reality Dev Days


Microsoft announced that it will be hosting two Mixed Reality Dev Days in Redmond, Washington May 16 and 17, in addition to some international dev days held in Japan and Germany at some point during the year.

‘Windows Mixed Reality for SteamVR’ Beta Updates Hint at “Upcoming hardware releases”

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Updates to the beta version of Windows Mixed Reality for SteamVR, the official integration which allows Windows VR headsets to be used with SteamVR, hint at “upcoming hardware releases.” SEE ALSO Microsoft Says it Hasn't Given up on the VR Side of Windows Mixed Reality.


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Rift S Boosts Oculus, Index Starts Small In July Steam Hardware Survey


Late last week we reported on initial findings from the July Steam Hardware Survey. Obviously, we know the Steam Hardware Survey isn’t entirely dependable (it’s only an optional survey for Steam users), but to see the new Oculus headset catch up so quickly to an entire line of VR devices that have been available for a few years is surprising indeed. The post Rift S Boosts Oculus, Index Starts Small In July Steam Hardware Survey appeared first on UploadVR.

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Samsung’s $500 Odyssey VR Headset Comes With OLED Displays


Samsung, in partnership with Microsoft, today announced the Samsung HMD Odyssey —a Windows VR headset expected to have some impressive specs. According to Samsung, the Odyssey VR headset rocks dual 3.5-inch OLED displays and a 110-degree field of view. The Samsung Odyssey is unlike typical headsets, you don’t need to install any extra motions sensors. said YG Choi, Senior Vice President of PC Business Team, Samsung Electronics.

Samsung Headset Patent Reveals Strange New VR Controller Design

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Almost a year ago to the day now we wrote about a new Samsung VR headset patent with a strange new design. New Samsung VR Controllers Spotted. In our story last January we noted that the Samsung headset seemed to have four cameras for inside-out tracking.

Rift/Vive Gap Nearly Doubles In March Steam Hardware Survey


The March Steam Hardware Survey results continue a recent trend. As with last month, it looks like small jumps for Microsoft’s Windows VR headsets are to thank. No doubt scattered sales and the high-end Samsung Odyssey+ headset continued to push those figures. The Hardware Survey is optional and requires users to have their headsets actually plugged in to count. The Oculus Rift once again widened the gap with its main competitor, the HTC Vive.

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Oculus Rift Pulls Ahead Again In December Steam Hardware Survey


I was half expecting to write that the combined power of the Vive and Vive Pro had allowed HTC to regain the top spot it once held for so long in December’s Steam Hardware Survey. Microsoft’s Windows VR headsets saw a significant leap of their own in December. Samsung also launched its Odyssey+ headset towards the end of the year which caused a stir. This is an optional survey and you need to have your hardware plugged in (and using Steam) for it to register.

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New Samsung Odyssey With 4 Cameras Spotted In China Design Patent


A patent awarded by China’s Intellectual Property Office to Samsung reveals what seems to be a new version of the Samsung Odyssey, with four tracking cameras. Odyssey is Samsung’s brand for its PC VR headsets.

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HP, Microsoft, Samsung, and Centro Computer Join EON Reality for Mixed Reality Partner Event

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EON Reality hosted an exciting Mixed Reality partner event, based on future tech with Centro Computer and in collaboration with HP, Microsoft, and Samsung, including a full tour around EON Reality’s immersive showroom and AVR Platform demonstration.

5 Windows VR Headsets Now Available for Pre-Order Including Samsung Odyssey

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At Microsoft’s special Mixed Reality event today, the company announced that all of their VR headsets destined to ship this holiday season are accounted for, and are now available for pre-order including headsets from Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo and the newly revealed Samsung ‘HMD Odyssey’ There’s still no word on a launch date for Asus’ futuristic low-poly headset. Samsung HMD Odyssey. Samsung HMD Odyssey Pre-order.

Samsung Odyssey is the Premium Windows VR Headset with Leading Specs, Integrated Audio

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Last week images of the Samsung Odyssey Windows VR headset leaked online, and although they seemed plenty legit, a new leak from Microsoft’s own website confirms the existence of the device and offers new details of this premium headset. Samsung it seems was willing and ready to go beyond Microsoft’s reference design, and the result is a device which is clearly the premium option among the first wave of Windows VR headsets.

Samsung Odyssey Windows VR Headset Now Available – Everything You Need to Know

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The Samsung Odyssey, the company’s first PC VR headset, is available starting today in several countries, sold via Samsung and Microsoft stores. Samsung Odyssey Specs and Minimum Requirements. Image courtesy Samsung. Samsung has positioned the Odyssey VR headset as the premium offering among the Windows VR headsets, a handful of which launched initially last month. Image courtesy Samsung. Our Thoughts on the Samsung Odyssey VR Headset.

Samsung’s Odyssey+ Costs $500, Uses Anti-Screen Door Effect Display


Samsung’s Odyssey+, a successor to last year’s Odyssey Windows VR headset, was one of the company’s worst-kept secrets of the past few months. Samsung’s official online store in the US has just listed the device for $499.99, confirming some things we’ve long suspected about it. Samsung says this tech is exclusive to its headsets. Hardware Samsung VR Industry News odyssey

Samsung’s Half-Life: Alyx Compatible VR Headset Is $230 This Week


Samsung’s Odyssey+ PC VR headset is down to just $229 this week for Black Friday, down from last week’s sale price of $279. The Half-Life: Alyx website specifically shows a picture of the headset in the supported hardware section. Samsung Odyssey+.

Microsoft: VR Headsets ‘Didn’t Meet High Expecations’


A Microsoft representative said its line of Windows VR headsets has not performed to expectations. Greg Sullivan, director of communications for Microsoft’s Mixed Reality arm, said in an interview with UploadVR: “Interestingly, the immersive VR headsets were pitched as consumer devices and I think did not meet, in general, the high expectations that were set for them there,” he said. The Microsoft Store, meanwhile, has just 42 apps listed in its mixed reality section.

Most Windows VR Headsets Have Vanished from the Microsoft Store, Limited Stock Elsewhere

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Following months of steep discounts, most of the Windows VR headsets have vanished from Microsoft’s online store and are showing limited or no stock at other retailers. Microsoft has yet to offer an explanation, but signs are pointing toward discontinuation of some headsets. Six different companies have offered one or more Windows VR headsets—Samsung, Lenovo, HP, Dell, Asus, and Acer—since the introduction of the Windows Mixed Reality platform back in 2017.

Samsung Odyssey+ Is Just $299 This Week – 40% Off Sale


Samsung is offering an incredible deal this week — its Odyssey+ PC VR headset is just $299. Odyssey+ is the refreshed version of the original Odyssey, which was Samsung’s first PC VR headset released in 2017. The Odyssey+ is a PC VR headset that leverages Microsoft’s Windows MR platform built into Windows 10. Samsung Odyssey+ odyssey VR sales Windows MRThis saves $200 (40%) from the regular $499 price.

Get Samsung Odyssey+ For Just $299 Starting Today – 40% Off Black Friday Sale


Samsung is offering an incredible early Black Friday deal starting today — its Odyssey+ high end PC VR headset for just $299. The Odyssey+ is a new refreshed version of the original Odyssey, which was Samsung’s first PC VR headset released in November of last year. The Odyssey+ is a PC VR headset that leverages Microsoft’s Windows MR platform built into Windows 10. Samsung has not said when the offer will end.

Vive, Windows VR Gain Ground, Rift Shrinks In Latest Steam Hardware Survey


Newer VR headsets like the HTC Vive Pro and Windows VR headsets are the winners in the October Steam Hardware Survey results. Microsoft’s Windows VR headsets, meanwhile, continue to grow from 7.22% last month to 7.7% It could be that the introduction of Samsung’s new Odyssey+ headset , which features a promising new display, and a big sale on its predecessor helped push those numbers slightly.

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Samsung Is Working on a VR-AR Hybrid Headset, Already Tested ‘Prototype’


With the Gear VR’s launch in 2015, Samsung were technically the first company to release a modern-age consumer VR headset, and Gear VR is still the most owned VR headset on the market. Over the past year, there have been multiple hints from Samsung that their next step may be a standalone VR headset with AR capabilities- a “hybrid” so to speak. The Odyssey may be a stepping stone to a fully standalone Samsung VR headset.

Hands-on: Samsung Odyssey Windows VR Headset & Controllers

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Microsoft and Samsung formally announced the Odyssey Windows VR headset today, positioning it as the “premium” option among the Windows VR headsets, with a range of features not found on the other headsets, and the top price point. I got to go hands-on with the Samsung Odyssey headset during an event today at Microsoft’s developer hub in San Francisco. SEE ALSO 5 Windows VR Headsets Now Available for Pre-Order Including Samsung Odyssey.

Clay Brings Gesture Tracking To Apple’s ARKit With No Extra Hardware


One of the amazing things about Apple’s new ARKit developer platform is that there’s no extra hardware required. Currently you can see a similar solution with Microsoft’s HoloLens, where users pinch their fingers to interact with virtual objects and interfaces in the real world. The SDK is already functional with the Unity engine, and support for Samsung’s Galaxy phones is also planned for the near future. Experiences Hand Tracking Hardware

Microsoft Researchers Built A City-Scale Redirected VR Walking System


Turns out Microsoft researchers are already figuring out those answers. The publication of a new paper presented as part of the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology ( UIST ) titled “ DreamWalker ” comes from Stanford University PhD student Jackie Yang , who was a Microsoft Research intern during the work, and Microsoft researchers Eyal Ofek , Andy Wilson , and Christian Holz. Research dreamwalker microsoft research redirected walking Stanfor

Steam Preview For Microsoft VR Headsets Arrives Nov. 15


Microsoft is planning to make a preview of its SteamVR integration available on Nov. The preview should make hundreds of VR apps available on Steam playable on headsets from Acer, Lenovo, HP, Dell and Samsung. So far, Microsoft has only offered access to developers through closed access to a Steam app. Tagged with: microsoft , steam , valve Facebook Twitter Reddit More. VR Industry News microsoft steam valve

The Best VR Hardware Has Never Been Cheaper Than Right Now

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Microsoft’s Windows VR headsets also have a consumer-friendly pricing too, selling normally between $400-$500. Of course, you’ll need the computing hardware to run your chosen flavor of VR headset though; before discounts, a VR-ready PC could cost anywhere from $700-$1000, and a PlayStation 4 Slim console at around $300. Samsung HMD Odyssey $450 $500 (includes headset and controllers). The Best VR-Ready Hardware Deals.

Microsoft Joins Google, HTC Vive, Facebook, Samsung, and Sony as an XR Association Member

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Formerly called the Global Virtual Reality Association (GVRA), today the XR Association (XRA) has announced that Microsoft has joined as a member company alongside founding members HTC Vive, Sony, Google, Facebook, and Samsung. Microsoft’s XRA membership means that Heidi Holman, Microsoft’s Assistant General Counsel will represent the company on XRA’s Board of Directors. We are thrilled to welcome Microsoft to XRA,” said Elizabeth Hyman, CEO of the XR Association.

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Microsoft Says it Hasn’t Given up on the VR Side of Windows Mixed Reality

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While Microsoft has been full steam ahead on the augmented reality side of Windows Mixed Reality via HoloLens, the company has had very little to say in the last year about the VR side of its platform. SEE ALSO Microsoft Affirms VR Isn't a Focus for Xbox Scarlett.

Review: Samsung Odyssey Sits Among The Best VR Headsets


Late last year Microsoft’s partners unleashed a collection of headsets powered by the company’s tracking technology. Leading the pack with a superior resolution is Samsung’s Odyssey, which sports the same resolution (1440×1600 per eye) as the yet-to-be-released Vive Pro. Odyssey costs more than the other Microsoft headsets, around $500 officially, and doesn’t feature the flip-up display that’s so useful to developers. Reviews odyssey samsung

The XR Week Peek (2020.01.27): Samsung may be working on a new headset, Half-Life: Alyx will ship on time and much more!

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Image by Samsung, taken from Upload VR). Samsung may launch a next-gen Samsung Odyssey. A recent filing at the Chinese IP offices makes us speculate on a new PC VR headset in the works by Samsung. Hello everyone!

Apple’s Latest Patents Mark More Territory in AR Headset Hardware and Software

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This week however, the company was granted two patents that establish basic hardware and software solutions not only pointing towards a prospective Apple AR device, but marking out some fundamental territory in the process. Samsung, Apple v. Microsoft, Apple v. The post Apple’s Latest Patents Mark More Territory in AR Headset Hardware and Software appeared first on Road to VR.

Will Apple, Facebook or Microsoft be the future of augmented reality?

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Despite short-term questions, games software/hardware to top $200 billion by 2023. Yet Facebook , Microsoft and others are arguably more important to where the market is today. Tim Merel. Contributor. Tim Merel is managing director of Digi-Capital. More posts by this contributor.

Microsoft Discounts Windows VR Headsets for Black Friday Sale, Up to $100 Off

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Black Friday is nearly here, and while the stores are soon to be jam-packed with people hoping to get a great deal on this year’s must-buys, online sales have already begun for the newest entries into the world of VR hardware. Microsoft’s Windows “Mixed Reality” headsets are now on sale for up to $100, bringing the cheapest among them to just $300. Samsung HMD Odyssey Windows Mixed Reality Headset – $500 $449. Image courtesy Microsoft.

Microsoft's Surface Duo is coming soon — here's where you can preorder one

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13, you can preorder the new Microsoft Surface Duo through the Microsoft Store , Best Buy , and AT&T starting at $1,399.99. The Microsoft Surface Duo is waiting in the wings. More about Microsoft , Smartphones , Microsoft Surface , Mashable Shopping , and Surface Duo.

Samsung’s Odyssey VR Headset Is On The Horizon


An odyssey is an epic journey, and Samsung’s Odyssey VR headset seems to be the latest upcoming step in theirs. Supporting the idea that this leak may be for the Odyssey is an FCC filing for a “Samsung HMD Odyssey Controller Left” that bears a lot of resemblance to the controllers pictured alongside the unnamed Mixed Reality headset. The timing of this coincides with the upcoming Microsoft Mixed Reality Event next week and SDC next month.

Microsoft’s HoloLens Mall Demos Bring Early AR Glasses To The Masses


Surprisingly, Microsoft is taking steps to change that, as it recently added HoloLens AR headset demos to its retail stores , letting mall shoppers go hands-on with a potentially transformative technology. I say “potentially” because many companies — Microsoft, Google, and Apple among them — expect that augmented reality is going to be a big deal some day, but the hardware is currently stuck in a rut.

Samsung Has Bought a Cloud-Computing Company that Could Give.


Samsung Has Bought a Cloud-Computing Company that Could Give Mobile VR a Big Boost With the recent introduction of Google Daydream , the mobile VR space is heating up. Now a new acquisition from Samsung could help to power even more immersive VR on smartphones. According to The Wall Street Journal , however, Samsung is not looking to go up against its many rivals in this sector, which include Amazon Web Service, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure.

Microsoft Opens Pre-Orders for Surface Duo - US Only

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Late last year in October, Microsoft had announced the Surface Duo, the company’s first ever Android device and first-party smartphone (if you can call it that) release in years. Microsoft Surface Duo. Samsung Announces Galaxy Z Fold 2: Second-Generation Foldable.