Microsoft made this announcement at a small press event in San Francisco today.
Microsoft has acquired AltSpaceVR, a virtual reality-based social media platform.
We've reached out to Microsoft and Intel for more information on the Windows Mixed Reality experience for the Winter Olympics, and we'll update you accordingly. If the listing is anything to go by, Samsung's Odyssey Mixed Reality headset will cost $500 and will be released on November 6th.
This is the right time for the first users of the Windows 10 Fall Creator update announced on October 17th. The glasses require an update and a compatible Windows PC. Microsoft has already borrowed from Halo to name its virtual assistant, Cortana, so it makes sense that the company would turn back to Halo to show off new mixed reality advancements.
Since a year ago, Microsoft has been pushing mixed reality as a central part of the Windows 10 Creators Update.
Microsoft held a press conference for the upcoming launch of the Windows Mixed Reality platform today, confirming the existence of the Samsung Odyssey and launching the pre-order campaign for the numerous head-mounted displays (HMDs).
Samsung officially unveiled its Windows Mixed Reality headset. It has two OLED displays each with a resolution of 2880 x 1660 compared to the LCD displays of the others (1440 x 1440). Second, all other Windows Mixed Reality headsets we've seen have a 95-degree FoV. The displays will offer a 110-degree field of view, which is on par with the Oculus Rift.
'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'.
The firm uses the term "mixed reality" to refer to both VR experiences, which are based exclusively in computer-generated worlds, as well as AR, which mixes graphics and real-world views together.