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Microsoft Acquires AltspaceVR To Jumpstart Social VR Efforts


Today at a special Windows Mixed Reality event in San Francisco, Microsoft announced that they have acquired AltspaceVR, a leading social platform for Mixed Reality.

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.

Altspace was a pioneering social VR service available on all major VR headsets as well as traditional screens.

Samsung's Odyssey is part of an initial group of mixed reality headsets based on Microsoft's reference design.

To compliment the Halo news, Microsoft said that, as of 3 October, you could start preordering Windows Mixed Reality headsets from Acer, Dell, HP, and Lenovo.

Like other recent entries into the mixed reality headset space, the Odyssey uses inside-out tracking, negating the need for external cameras. The Odyssey is actually the best Mixed Reality headset with Windows operating system. Also known as merged reality, mixed reality taps into elements of both AR and VR, overlaying digital elements on top of the physical world.




Samsung's headset was pitched as a premium way to experience VR, thanks to it featuring higher-resolution OLED (organic light-emitting diode) displays than the other new kit.

The devices unveiled Tuesday include a Samsung headset called the HMD Odyssey. The display offers a 90Hz refresh rate and a large, 110-degree field of view.

By contrast, Samsung's more basic Gear VR - which works with some of its smartphones - had sold more than eight million units, according to the same market research.

Halo Recruit is supposed to only last around five minutes, which is seen in its absolutely free price tag.

Are you ready for Windows Mixed Reality experiences to arrive next month?

Microsoft's new software release shrinks the laborious set-up of VR headsets for users to around 10 minutes, down from two to three hours now and helps cut the costs of headsets, in a step towards making such technology more mainstream. Developers are now going to get access to the Windows Mixed Reality SteamVR preview to test out their apps, with consumer access coming closer to the holiday season.

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