Microsoft announces acquisition of AltspaceVR, leading social platform for mixed reality

Microsoft announces acquisition of AltspaceVR, leading social platform for mixed reality

Pre-orders for this first slate of mixed reality headsets starts today. The displays will offer a 110-degree field of view, which is on par with the Oculus Rift.

MORE: Are Microsoft's Mixed Reality Headsets the Affordable Savior of VR? Team members apparently connected with Microsoft's Alex Kipman and saw that his goals for mixed reality were the same as their hopes for the future of AltspaceVR.

Designed and engineered in partnership with Microsoft, the Samsung HMD Odyssey features dual AMOLED displays, screen tech Samsung is known for in its Galaxy line of smartphones. Also detailed was AltSpaceVR continuing to work on PC and Mac in 2D mode, HTV Vive, Oculus Rift, Daydream by Google, and Samsung Gear VR. At the moment this appears to be the most extravagant Windows Mixed Reality HMD yet revealed. Samsung is also including built-in headphones with its Odyssey headset.

Microsoft announced today during a press conference held in San Fransisco that it has acquired the social VR startup AltspaceVR, which suddenly shut down its platform of the same name back in July due to lack of funding.

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The HMD Odyssey will retail for $499, which comes in above the $450 headset and controllers bundles from Dell and Lenovo.

The Redmond, Washington-based company invited the media to a Windows Mixed Reality event in San Francisco. There's also inside-out tracking and a built-in microphone, which should add to the immersion, though we won't know just how well until we go hands on with the device.

20,000 apps will be available on the Microsoft Store for these mixed reality devices through Windows Mixed Reality on october 17. Today, at Microsoft's Windows Mixed Reality event, both Microsoft and Samsung have officially unveiled it at last. However, the arguably biggest news is that the platform will arrive with its own entry in the Halo franchise: Halo: Recruit. But most of all, we can't wait for you to take the Samsung HMD Odyssey out for a spin, and see it for yourself. You'll be able to download apps in the Microsoft Store to use with these MR headsets, and Microsoft is promising a number of VR games - including Minecraft - will be available.

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