Here's a first look at Halo: Recruit in Mixed Reality

Microsoft announced the deal alongside a number of other developments as it outlined its commitment to mixed reality at an event in San Francisco. The latest entrant in this space is Samsung, with its $499 Odyssey. The Odyssey doesn't let you interact with virtual objects overlaid on the real world (nor is it as stylish as Hololens), but it does offer the more familiar VR interface.

AltspaceVR will continue to work on PC and Mac in 2D mode, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Daydream by Google, and Samsung Gear VR.

Microsoft held a private event yesterday and announced the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

At present, each of the mixed reality headsets comes bundled with motion controllers, which is why none of them are $299 as previously promised.

Adding to this, the Windows Mixed Reality Steam VR Preview will be available later this year. But the leaked product page for the Samsung Odyssey headset says " up to 110 degrees,". Other headsets like the Dell Visor and the Lenovo Explorer are about $350 each ($450 with the controllers), while the Acer is $300 ($400 with controllers) and the HP is $329 ($429 with controllers).

The HMD Odyssey has been designed specifically for use with Windows 10's mixed-reality platform and boasts some impressive specs, including 2880 x 1600 resolution OLED display, up to 110º field of view, and a refresh rate of up to 90Hz. The ASUS headset is more on par cost-wise, with a price tag of 449 Euros, which is around $500 United States dollars. The platform focuses entirely on VR experiences in the social media sector, bringing people together for dance parties, comedy shows, and meetups. All of the above headsets are available for pre-order today.

Touching on philosophy briefly, he proclaimed that, "Computers will empower us to renegotiate our very contract with reality", going on to reiterate the point by saying, "Our very sense of reality is set to be transformed". In August, Redmond said, that in addition to games built for the Windows Mixed Reality APIs, games built for SteamVR would also be supported. The experience will be a free download on the Windows Store.

  • Fernando Stephens