Steam VR support for Windows mixed reality is right around the corner

The vast possibilities of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR) has lured a number of technology giants to make a foray, and Microsoft Corporation is not the one to stay behind.

The PC-driven headsets that Microsoft is embracing illuminate the dividing lines among some of the world's most powerful technology companies as they all try to hook consumers and businesses on products and applications that blend the real world with digital versions of it.

"Halo" is getting the virtual reality (VR) treatment and then some, as Microsoft announces "Halo: Recruit", which they proudly introduced as a mixed-reality experience incorporating VR and other sensory stimulations.

The announcement was made by Microsoft at a press event in San Francisco, on 3 October.

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"The HMD Odyssey has a pair of 3.5" AMOLED displays with a resolution of 1440x1600 per eye.

The headset has a great field of view: 110 degrees and the resolution is awesome: 1440×1600 per eye, the displays have a size of 3.5 inches and come with a 90Hz refresh rate. By all reviews, the headset is a little more VR than AR - but the Oculus Rift competitor should have gamers somewhat excited.

Samsung has been working closely with Oculus on its GearVR mobile headsets, but now the company has finally unveiled its new Odyssey headset, a premium VR experience for $499. So not only Samsung has followed the specs that were referenced by Microsoft, but they have also exceeded them. The HMD Odyssey has been revealed and users are already able to preorder it.

Microsoft's vision, for now, is tied to the PC, and specifically new features in the Windows operating system created to make it easier to build and display immersive environments. Instead it appears that this free 5-minute experience is the beginning of more mixed reality experimentation with partner studio Endeavor One.

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