With companies such as ASUS, Dell, Acer, HP and Microsoft itself hitting the Windows Mixed Reality platform hard with upcoming devices, it was only a matter of time before Samsung threw its hat into the ring. According to new photos, that might just be a reality closer than we realised.
ASUS isn’t set to launch its headset until 2018, while Dell begun taking pre-orders for its Visor two weeks ago, set to release October 17th. While it might seem a good idea to get into the market sooner rather than later, functionality is expected to be limited until SteamVR support arrives, which could take until 2018 itself.
Little is known about Samsung’s foray into the mix, aside from that the potential headset is pegged to match competition by including six degree-of-freedom tracking. The images show built-in headphones made by AKG, similar to that seen on the Oculus Rift VR headset and that the supposed Samsung device will ship with Microsoft’s motion controllers.
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Microsoft’s Windows 10 Fall Creators Update launches on October 17th, the same as the Dell Visor which sits at a price of $349. Acer also launches its headset next month priced at the lowest end of $299, whereas HP take the higher-end market with its own bundle including motion controllers sitting at $450.
Samsung might choose to unveil its headset during a special Mixed Reality event held by Microsoft next week, or the company might opt to match ASUS and wait until next year.
KitGuru Says: Until I see product reviews, I am curious as to see what the price difference between all of the devices entails. Will the $150+ difference between Acer and HP make a huge difference? What do you think about Samsung potentially joining in the Mixed Reality market?