Samsung & Microsoft – Mixing Realities

Microsoft and Samsung are going to make a headset which will satisfy the needs of both augmented and virtual reality. The structure of headset will stand on Microsoft’s Mixed Reality platform and product will be unveiled in late August at Berlin’s IFA technology display.

“Samsung Electronics is working on developing cordless and high-priced headsets supporting both VR and AR. Definitely, Samsung plans to use in-house application processors, OLED displays and sensors. But more importantly, Microsoft has lowered its demand for royalties as it is taking a multi-pronged approach to delivering a rich ecosystem of games and applications that will entice users.” Korean Times

Samsung’s backing to Microsoft demands the usage of Samsung-fabricated processors for both “Mixed Reality” and “Mixed Reality” Ultra computers by Microsoft. To signify an extensive amount of products, Microsoft uses the card of “Mixed Reality”. Included in these assets are AR headsets Hololens, inside-out positional tracking VR headset but no considerable AR services. Apparently Samsung is developing a headset which can serve both AR and VR requirements.

VR technology didn’t match its frequency with the people even with the sizeable investment. According to Samsung, mixed reality is better than VR or AR in flexibility and usability. Samsung has shown better commitment towards the market of phones and tablets with mixed reality tech. Odyssey, a “Mixed Reality” VR headset of Samsung, has a 2,880 × 1,600 AMOLED (1,440 × 1,600 per lens) and same HTC Vive Pro displays. Gear VR, which introduced new 3DOF controller, is still resting in its previous version.

“Mixed Reality” VR headsets covers only 5% usage rate on steam which is why Samsung is taking a step to boost the “MR” platform in forward direction. Let’s wait and see, what pops out in August.