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Samsung, Microsoft team up to build Odyssey VR headset

Samsung, Microsoft team up to build Odyssey VR headset

10/04/2017

By Jay Greene

Four companies now building headsets on Windows platform

SAN FRANCISCO -- Microsoft Corp. enlisted one of the world's largest consumer electronics makers, Samsung Electronics Co., as it works to crack the emerging virtual-reality market.

At an event here Tuesday hosted by Microsoft, Samsung introduced HMD Odyssey, a virtual-reality headset that uses Microsoft's Windows Mixed Reality, a piece of Windows 10 that enables immersive computing through headsets and other devices.

Samsung joins Acer Inc. (2353.TW) , Dell Inc., HP Inc. (HPQ) and Lenovo Group Ltd. (0992.HK) in building headsets on top of the Windows platform. The devices all use virtual-reality technology, which occludes users view of the real world and immerses them in digitally generated sights and sounds.

Samsung (005930.SE) is an important partner for Microsoft (MSFT) , which is ramping up in the virtual- and augmented-reality markets where it will compete against Apple Inc. (AAPL) , Alphabet Inc.'s (GOOGL) (GOOGL) Google, Facebook Inc(FB) and others. Samsung is already a leader in virtual reality with its Gear VR device that runs Facebook's Oculus technology.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com (https://www.wsj.com/articles/samsung-to-build-odyssey-vr-headset-for-windows-1507053600?mod=mktw).

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