Microsoft’s combined reality headsets have the distinctive trick of with the ability to monitor your place in area with out exterior cameras, however the precise specs have lagged a bit of behind premium rivals like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive with a view to attain a low worth level.
Samsung’s new Odyssey headset embraces the premium price ticket and, at first-glance, delivers an expertise that matches or surpasses my expertise with Oculus and HTC headsets. Keep in mind my impressions were the result of a 7 minute demo, but that was enough to leave with a few thoughts.
Of course, I realize most people haven’t tried high-end VR headsets, let alone those from Microsoft partners, which don’t officially launch until October 17. But suffice to say that Odyssey’s combination of some of the highest VR resolution I’ve seen yet and OLED technology makes it one of the more pleasant VR experiences I’ve tried.
For comparability, the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive each have 2160 x 1200 resolutions, whereas the Odyssey runs at 2880 x 1600. It’s not a monumental distinction however sufficient to be noticeably sharper than the competitors. Compared to the LCDs in different Windows Mixed reality headsets, colours have been vibrant and blacks have been pitch black, as you’d anticipate type an OLED show. It did have a bit little bit of a ghosting impact for darkish shifting objects (a standard drawback with OLED VR headsets).
I wasn’t capable of check the headphones out a lot in the temporary demo, in a crowded press occasion, however from what I might inform that they had an honest quantity of fullness. The complete headset was considered one of the extra snug ones I’ve tried, though I fear the selection of leather-based for padding will make them really feel heat for prolonged play periods.
At $499 with the controllers included, it’s firmly in Oculus territory, however up to now it appears value the price ticket. We’ll need to see the way it holds up as soon as we get our arms on one for an extended time period, nevertheless it’s good to see Microsoft’s companions are catering to those that need a premium VR expertise in addition to these trying to save a couple of bucks.