This week saw Samsung release a new version of its Windows Mixed Reality, the Odyssey+, for the North American market, improving features such as the screen quality and overall comfort. As is quite often the case the previous model has now seen a reduction, dropping the cost from $499 USD down to $349.
Currently the best place to buy the 2017 Samsung Odyssey is from the Microsoft Store for $349 including the motion controllers. As the headset was the most expensive Windows Mixed Reality device that’s quite a substantial saving of $150. For that price you get a headset with a resolution of 1440 x 1600 per eye, a 110-degree field-of-view (FoV), AKG headphones plus there are integrated dual array microphones rather than the ‘built-in audio out and microphone support through 3.5mm jack’ found on rivals.
Samsung hasn’t released any sales figures for its headset, presumably it must have done reasonably well for the company to consider making a followup – none of the other WMR headset manufacturers have created a second generation – plus for the first time WMR devices made the Steam hardware survey in August, achieving just over 7 percent. This is all without the Samsung Odyssey being available in European countries.
The company has said the Samsung Odyssey+ will be soon available in other regions including Korea, China, Hong Kong, and Brazil, so there’s always a possibility, but as yet consumers will have to stick with Windows Mixed Reality devices from Dell, HP, Lenovo and Acer.
These are all still full price on the UK Microsoft Store, most retailing for over £400 GBP. Head on over to Amazon for some better deals where the Acer headset is £229.97 or the HP version which retails for £350.80.
Should any better deals come along or Samsung confirm an official UK launch, VRFocus will let you know.