The United States local time on October 3, held in San Francisco, a small media activities, announced its mixed realities in the field of some progress and cooperation, one with Samsung to build Windows MR high-end Odyssey, the second acquisition of VR social company Altspace VR, the third is working with Valve, so that Microsoft's MR head can be accessed SteamVR content platform. In addition, the scene of some foreign media first to experience the Odyssey.
Samsung Odyssey & ldquo; high-end "where?
Before the National Day, foreign friends exposed a few Samsung VR head design, the head was able to see the signs of Microsoft MR, the media activities on Microsoft officially announced the cooperation with Samsung.
Samsung Electronics vice president and general manager of the United States Alanna said in a statement, "When we started with Microsoft to design and research and development of Samsung VR head Odyssey, the heart is only one goal, that is to create an easy to set high-performance head Can bring people to an unforgettable virtual world. Samsung is committed to cross-platform cutting-edge technology, and Microsoft together to build the future of VR, we are very excited. & rdquo;
According to official information, Odyssey uses a dual AMOLED screen, built-in AKG headset, Inside-out tracking, built-in microphone, and equipped with a controller.
Samsung also promised some of the other parameters include:
Resolution and refresh rate: 1440 x 1660 (monocular), 90 / 60Hz
Field of view: 110 degrees
IPD adjustment range: 60 ~ 72mm
Odyssey and controller bundled with the price of $ 499, can be booked at present, the product will be shipped on November 6.
Foreign media RoadtoVR reporter on-site experience of Odyssey, and from the comfort, display and controller three aspects of a brief initial experience evaluation.
Wearing, he said Odyssey is not like the Oculus Rift head on the headset can be rotated back and forth to adjust to the ear of the best position, when he tried to adjust Odyssey headphones, will affect the head to watch the effect, the screen adjustment is not the best viewing point The And with other Windows MR head is different, Odyssey appears slightly larger, can not be the same as the face up from the face up.
Although only 15 minutes of experience, he said that the other Windows MR design is preferred.
In terms of display, Odyssey has a larger field of view, close to Rift and Vive. Monochrome resolution 1440 x 1600, OLED screen, compared with other Windws MR head (1440 x 1440, LCD) and Rift and Vive (1080 x 1200, OLED), the picture is clearer, but still can see some pixels, Shaping effect is more serious than imagined, it is probably due to the relationship of Samsung's PenTile pixel arrangement.
As for the controller part, Microsoft for all Windows MR head is equipped with the same controller, but Samsung has made some changes to the controller. However, the difference is very subtle, ergonomic better, hand grip at the bend, thumb operation more comfortable.
From the reporter's experience, if you have to say Odyssey's "high-end", that is built-in sound effects, as well as higher resolution and better screen, in the end Odyssey is not more than other Windows MR The head has more advantages, but also wait.
Acquisition of Altspace
Microsoft announced another burst message is the acquisition of VR social company Altspace. The company announced at the end of July that Bowen announced that it had been forced to close the company because it had consumed all the financing. Since then, the company has received a lot of attention, before the founder of Oculus Palmer Luckey also made Twitter asked friends, whether he should save the company. However, soon, Altspace also announced the return, but did not disclose where to get financial support.
Now, Altspace behind the supporters is Microsoft. Microsoft said in its official press release that Altspace VR is one of the pioneers of the immersive community, allowing people from more than 160 countries to meet in VR, watch performances, join yoga classes, participate in various activities and so on. Microsoft hopes AltspaceVR team to join, can create the world's best mixed real community. & rdquo;
In addition, in order to enrich the VR content experience, Microsoft also chose to cooperate with Valve. Microsoft will provide the OpenVR driver to the SteamVR platform so that the former can recognize the Windows MR header. But the function is currently only for developers to debug their own development of the game, I believe that soon after the consumer.
October 17, Microsoft Windows 10 Creator Update will be officially released, one of the most important update is the VR hardware support and compatibility, and Windows Mixed Reality.