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The new Samsung VR viewer could give Oculus a hard time

Samsung worked silently on a successor to the Odyssey Windows VR viewer last year and now the Odyssey + made its first official appearance in Samsung’s online store in the United States.

Odyssey +

Samsung worked silently on a successor to the Odyssey Windows VR viewer last year and now the Odyssey + made its first official appearance in Samsung’s online store in the United States. With high-end features and compatibility with SteamVR, Samsung seems to court those who want a good quality VR gaming hardware along the lines of Oculus Rift.

The official Samsung online store in the United States has just shown the price of the device that will be available for $ 499.99. The most talked-about feature of the Odyssey + is what Samsung calls the anti-screen door effect (SDE) display. The Samsung site specifies that the display has a grid applied to the panels that reduce the distance between the pixels by almost 50%. In practical terms, this unique technology should more than double the actual number of pixels per inch (PPI) of the 616 to 1233 screen, providing a much clearer and more immersive VR experience.

Samsung's new AMOLED panels aim to make the VR experience better

Samsung’s new AMOLED panels aim to make the VR experience better. / © Samsung

The dual AMOLED display maintains the same resolution of 1440 × 1600 as the original Odyssey, the same as the powerful HTC Vive Pro. The Odyssey + weighs a little less than its predecessor (590g) and shows some ergonomic changes to the design designed to improve the comfort. For the rest, it is quite similar with integrated audio and tracking of 6DoF movements. Odyssey does not have a flip-up visor like the other Windows MR viewers but has a flashlight function that allows you to glimpse the real world while you are still with the viewer on you so you can monitor your surroundings.

Like the other Windows VR viewers, you can expect it to be managed by Microsoft’s Mixed Reality platform, although it should still support SteamVR. This should make it an attractive proposition for lovers of high-end VR games on their PC, especially because the future of an Oculus Rift 2 made by Facebook may now be in doubt.

For now, Samsung has not announced the release date of Odyssey +, but we will update you when we know more. The impressive features of this powerful competitor in the PC and VR market could give Oculus Rift and HTC Vive a worthy opponent for the same price.

Are you thinking of buying a VR viewer for your PC? Or do you prefer standalone configurations like Oculus Go?

Source: Samsung store

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