Introducing Windows Mixed Reality

Introducing Windows Mixed Reality

Introducing Windows Mixed Reality

Windows Mixed Reality is an amazing new experience combining the thrill of virtual reality with a phenomenal sense of presence. Now, you can travel the world. Get inside the games you love. Even move across time and space. With quick, easy set-up you’ll jump from wonder to wow—and be exploring a wide selection of games, 360 degree videos, and over 20,000 2D apps—in just minutes.*

*Windows Mixed Reality requires a compatible Windows 10 PC and headset, plus the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update; PC requirements may vary for available apps and content.

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How to pre-order your Windows Mixed Reality headset

How to pre-order your Windows Mixed Reality headset

Today is an exciting day for mixed reality at Microsoft! We outlined our vision for mixed reality, unveiled the latest device to join our growing family of Windows Mixed Reality headsets – the Samsung HMD Odyssey – and kicked off the holiday buying season by celebrating the availability of pre-orders for Windows Mixed Reality headsets at Microsoft Store and Microsoft.com.

Together with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update – coming on October 17 – and a compatible Windows 10 PC, these Windows Mixed Reality headsets from our partners will enable you to immerse yourself in a new reality: the world of Windows Mixed Reality.

Here’s how to pre-order your Windows Mixed Reality headset:

You can pre-order your Windows Mixed Reality headsets at Microsoft Store and Microsoft.com, and by checking out the individual links below.

Samsung HMD Odyssey

Samsung HMD Odyssey with motion controllers.

Today, Samsung announced the Samsung HMD Odyssey. The Samsung HMD Odyssey provides a remarkable immersive experience with Dual AMOLED high-resolution displays, a 110-degree field of view, built-in premium AKG headphones, and built-in 6 DOF inside-out position tracking. The device is quick and easy to set up and delivers a premium virtual reality experience with superior picture quality.

Pre-order the Samsung HMD Odyssey today with availability on November 6.

Acer Windows Mixed Reality headset

Acer Windows Mixed Reality headset

Acer will offer their Windows Mixed Reality Headset with motion controllers. When the headset is paired with the controllers, you can take advantage of the full position and rotational tracking in the headset to easily create content or play games.

Pre-order the Acer Windows Mixed Reality headset today with availability on October 17.

Dell Visor

Dell Visor Windows Mixed Reality headset

The Dell Visor features high resolution 1440 x 1440 LCD panels for a sharp and smooth 360° panoramic experience for an “as-if-you-are-there” view. It’s thoughtfully engineered for comfort and convenience with well-cushioned head and face padding that allow for comfortable wear, even for people who wear glasses.

Pre-order the Dell Visor today with availability on October 17.

HP Windows Mixed Reality headset

HP Windows Mixed Reality headset

The HP Windows Mixed Reality headset will also be bundled with motion controllers to provide great Mixed Reality experiences.

Pre-order the HP Windows Mixed Reality headset today with availability on October 17.

Lenovo Explorer

Lenovo Explorer Windows Mixed Reality headset

The Lenovo Explorer headset is ergonomically designed and optimized for comfort so you can immerse yourself in mixed reality experiences for long periods. It tracks your movements with superior fidelity and spatial awareness so you can move around naturally in an area of 3.5 by 3.5 meters (about 11.5 by 11.5 feet) without constantly reorienting yourself. No external sensors are needed, which means you can set it up in minutes by simply connecting a cable to your PC.

Pre-order the Lenovo Explorer today with availability on October 17.

Learn more about Windows Mixed Reality

To learn more about Windows Mixed Reality, visit Windows.com/MixedReality. This site contains helpful information, including a compatibility checker to see if your current Windows 10 PC is compatible with Windows Mixed Reality; highlights content experiences; and lets you check out a full collection of PCs that are built to support Windows Mixed Reality.

You can also visit your local Microsoft Store and Microsoft.com to discover technology from Microsoft and its partners, including new Windows Mixed Reality headsets.

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The era of Windows Mixed Reality begins October 17

The era of Windows Mixed Reality begins October 17

Mixed reality will unleash the creativity of every person and every organization on the planet. Our journey has been filled with key moments in time that have shown us what is possible as we enter this next era of computing, the era of mixed reality. From the introduction of Microsoft HoloLens, the world’s first fully self-contained holographic computer in January 2015, to the welcoming of enterprise partners like Ford Motor Company, the inspiration and creativity we have seen customers and modern workplaces continues to inspire us and drive us forward.

Alex Kipman standing on stage wearing the Samsung HMD Odyssey and holding motion controllers.
Today, in San Francisco was another key moment in time. I had the privilege of sharing more about Microsoft’s mixed reality vison. We unveiled a Windows Mixed Reality headset from Samsung, the Samsung HMD Odyssey, which joins the family of Windows Mixed Reality headsets. I talked about the work we are doing with SteamVR and announced that AltspaceVR is joining our Microsoft team. Finally, we kicked off the holiday buying season by celebrating the availability of pre-orders for Windows Mixed Reality headsets.

Mixed Reality at Microsoft

We are standing at the threshold of the next revolution in computing. A revolution where computers empower us to expand our capabilities and transcend time, space, and devices. A revolution where we immerse ourselves in virtual worlds of our choosing and we accomplish seemingly impossible things while making lasting memories with the people we love. 

Our sense of what is possible is set to be transformed as we enter a new era of computing, the era of mixed reality. We have started to see this transformation take place in the modern workplace and soon we’ll see it in every facet of life. With mixed reality, our ideas move beyond the boundaries of paper, beyond the boundaries of screens, and beyond the boundaries of description. This is the fundamental promise of mixed reality. The barrier that exists between our physical and digital worlds will disappear.  

We believe we will have to evolve today’s devices and experiences to deliver on the promise of mixed reality. Since we introduced the world to mixed reality we have been committed to approaching this revolution in a patient, meaningful and holistic way. To achieve that we continue to:

  • Embrace the entire continuum from augmented reality to virtual reality and everywhere in between
  • Build cutting-edge devices and the technologies that power them, such as HoloLens
  • Create a unified platform for applications and the services to target

With Windows, we are delivering the only OS designed for the broadest range of inputs from traditional inputs like keyboards and mice, touch and ink, gamepads and our new industry defining motion controllers to now more natural human inputs such as gaze, voice, and gestures.

This approach allows us and our ecosystem to embrace and take advantage of a wide range of experiences across the mixed reality spectrum – from simplified augmented reality to immersive virtual reality, to holographic computing – forever changing the way each of us work, communicate and play.

Welcome the Samsung HMD Odyssey

Today, we also unveiled the latest device to join our growing family of Windows Mixed Reality headsets: the Samsung HMD Odyssey.

Samsung HMD Odyssey with motion controllers.

It was my pleasure to be joined by Alanna Cotton, Vice President and General Manager, Samsung Electronics America, who participated in our presentation. Here are the remarks Alanna shared:

“When we began designing and engineering the Samsung HMD Odyssey with Microsoft, there was only one goal in mind, create a high performing headset that’s easy to set up and can transport people to the incredible world of virtual reality. Powered with dual AMOLED displays which Samsung is known for, that result in vivid colors and the highest resolution in the industry, built-in spatial AKG headphones, inside-out tracking, built-in microphone, and quick, responsive motion controllers, the Samsung HMD Odyssey immerses users with a 110° field of view as they discover the new frontier of Windows Mixed Reality.
Samsung is committed to working across platforms to build cutting-edge technology, and we’re excited to partner with Microsoft to shape the future of virtual reality. But most of all, we can’t wait for you to take the Samsung HMD Odyssey out for a spin, and see it for yourself.”

— Alanna Cotton, Vice President and General Manager, Samsung Electronics America

I am thrilled to have Samsung join us on our mixed reality journey! You can learn more about the Samsung HMD Odyssey online.

Immersive VR content on Windows Mixed Reality

On October 17, Windows Mixed Reality fans can enjoy the more than 20,000 apps in the Microsoft Store. We recently announced that the hottest VR games are coming to the Microsoft Store and Windows Mixed Reality—titles like Obduction, Dreams of Dali, Space Pirate Trainer, Superhot, Arizona Sunshine, Luna, Skyworld, Move, Free the Night, Minecraft, Fantastic Contraption, and more will take advantage of the Universal Windows Platform.

Gamers love choice, and there is no bigger collection of VR games than on Steam. Last month we shared that we are working with Valve to run SteamVR content on Windows Mixed Reality immersive headsets. Starting today, developers will be provided access to the Windows Mixed Reality SteamVR preview so they can try out their experiences. This holiday, consumers will get access to this preview.

Also on October 17, Halo fans will be able to get their first glimpse of what mixed reality and Halo can feel like. Bonnie Ross, Head of 343 Industries, joined us as a holographic presenter to share details about Halo Recruit, a fun, brief introduction into the world of Halo – where you’ll see several iconic characters in mixed reality for the very first time.

AltspaceVR is now part of Microsoft

We also welcomed the talented team at AltspaceVR to Microsoft. AltspaceVR is one of the pioneers in immersive communications bringing people together in virtual reality from over 160 countries to attend meetups, comedy shows, yoga classes, dance parties, and large-scale events hosted by NBC, Reggie Watts, Justin Roiland, Drew Carey and more.

AltspaceVR is now part of Microsoft

With the AltspaceVR team onboard we look forward to building the world’s preeminent mixed reality community.

Windows Mixed Reality headsets now available for pre-order

All Windows Mixed Reality headsets coming this holiday are now available for pre-order! To get yours now from the Microsoft Store, please check out the product-specific pre-order pages below.

Collage of Windows Mixed Reality headsets from Acer, Dell, Lenovo, HP, and HoloLens

Mixed reality on Windows PCs all begins with the upcoming release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. It’s the first spatial operating system – complete with a library of content that will inspire you, and a portfolio of the best, easiest to use and most affordable headsets paired with the most powerful motion controllers. If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to download the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update on October 17 or upgrade to a new PC and start exploring these amazing new mixed reality capabilities.

It’s an exciting time for our team, our partners, our customers, for all of us. As always reach out to me on Twitter with your questions and comments. I always want to hear from you.

 Alex

Source: Windows Blog






Samsung HMD Odyssey Introduces the Ultimate Windows Mixed Reality Experience

Samsung HMD Odyssey Introduces the Ultimate Windows Mixed Reality Experience

Samsung HMD Odyssey Introduces the Ultimate Windows Mixed Reality Experience

 

Samsung Electronics, in partnership with Microsoft, today announced the Samsung HMD Odyssey – the most immersive Windows Mixed Reality (MR) headset in the market. The quick and easy to set up Samsung HMD Odyssey delivers a premium virtual reality experience, with superior picture quality and the highest resolution display taking consumers to entirely new virtual limits.

 

“The Samsung HMD Odyssey is a high performing headset, which like all of our products, delivers meaningful innovation to our consumers’ lives,” said YG Choi, Senior Vice President of PC Business Team, Samsung Electronics. “Designed in partnership with Microsoft, the Samsung HMD Odyssey transports consumers to the next frontier of Windows Mixed Reality, which introduces to them to a new, industry leading virtual reality experience.”

 

 

Lifelike Experiences

With dual 3.5-inch AMOLED displays, the Samsung HMD Odyssey delivers more vibrant colors, and deeper blacks, providing crisper, more lifelike images. The 110-degree field of view allows users to discover paramount virtual experiences around them.

 

When it comes to sound, the Samsung HMD Odyssey comes with 360° Spatial Sound, providing users with complete surround sound, through premium built-in AKG headphones.

 

Users can also talk with other gamers, without having to remove the headset, using the fitted array mic.

 

 

Incredibly Easy Start

The Windows Mixed Reality experience with the Samsung HMD Odyssey has been designed to give users the very best experience right out of the box. Unlike typical head-mounted displays, you do not need to install any extra motion sensors – simply connect to your PC and get started. With inside-out position tracking, users are not restricted to a limited space during their virtual reality experience.

 

For a more immersive experience, Samsung HMD Odyssey comes with a Six Degrees of Freedom1 (6 DOF) sensor allowing for intuitive and natural movements.

 

With an adjustable control wheel, the Samsung HMD Odyssey is designed to provide a comfortable and snug fit.

 

Alex Kipman, Technical Fellow at Microsoft said, “We’re excited to welcome the Samsung HMD Odyssey to the Windows Mixed Reality family of devices. This is an incredible product and another important step for the mixed reality journey we are on at Microsoft. With the Samsung HMD Odyssey, the team at Samsung has developed a Windows Mixed Reality headset that will delight our fans looking to immersive themselves in the world of mixed reality this holiday.”

 

The Samsung HMD Odyssey comes with integrated AKG headphones and array mics for voice commands, as well as two motion controllers. The Samsung HMD Odyssey will be available later this year in the US, China, Korea, Brazil and Hong Kong, with pre-orders beginning in the US only on October 3rd.

 

For more information about the Samsung HMD Odyssey, visit https://www.samsungmobilepress.com, news.samsung.com/galaxy or www.samsung.com.

 

*All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

 

 

Samsung HMD Odyssey Specifications

Samsung HMD Odyssey (Headset)

Platform Windows Mixed Reality
Display Dual 3.5” AMOLED
1,440 x 1,600 @90/60Hz
Interface HDMI2.0 + USB 3.0 Interface Bound Cable (4m Length)
Lens Single Fresnel
Field of View Φ66, FOV 110º, 6.7X
IPD 60-72mm Range
Camera 6 DOF Camera x 2
Sensor Accelerometer (6 Axis) |  Gyrometer (6 Axis ) |
Compass (3 Axis) | Proximity Sensor | IPD Sensor
Acoustics 2 MIC Support | Cortana | Built-in AKG Headphone
Control & Function Volume | IPD Adjustment
Dimension 202mm (W) x 131.5mm (D) x 111mm (H)
Weight 645g

 

Samsung HMD Odyssey (Controller)

Control & Function Touchpad (Clickable), Menu button
Windows/Controller power button,
Trigger, Thumbstick, Indicator light
Sensor Accelerometer (6 Axis) |  Gyrometer (6 Axis ) |
Compass (3 Axis)
Battery AAA Battery x 2ea
Dimension 154.2 x 119.1 x 119.1mm
Weight 160g

 

1 6 DOF refers to the freedom of movement in a 3 dimensional space. Unlike many VR controllers that recognizes 3 axis, 6 DOF gives you the freedom to move forward and back, left and right, up and down, yaw, pitch, and roll.

Source: Samsung Mobile Blog






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