Samsung HMD Odyssey VR headset upgraded with Anti-Screen Door Effect display

Joanna Estrada
October 23, 2018

There's no doubt that the VR headset market is dominated by the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets when it comes to the gaming sector at least.

In brief: Samsung's new mixed reality headset aims to eliminate the immersion-crushing screen door effect by diffusing light emitted from each pixel to fill in the areas around it. Early on, the original HMD Odyssey took its place as one of the higher-end Windows 10 Mixed Reality headsets, and this new model - dubbed simply the HMD Odyssey+ - builds on that.

The fine lines that separate pixels are easier to spot when your eyes are in close proximity to a display, such as when using a mixed reality or VR headset.

Samsung have used its technology in a way that allows for this "fixed pattern noise" to be overcome, providing a perceivedPPI of 1,233 PPI (pixels per inch). Samsung says the HMD Odyssey+ will be available today at the Microsoft Store and at, though at the time of this writing it doesn't seem to be live at either store just yet. You get premium AKG-tuned audio with 360-degree spatial surround sound, built-in dual microphones that support Cortana, and 110 degrees field of view and a 90Hz refresh rate for the dual AMOLED displays.

"Samsung strives to develop meaningful innovations that deliver unique experiences to all consumers", said YoungGyoo Choi, Senior Vice President of the PC Business Team, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics.

Samsung has also spent some time tweaking the HMD Odyssey+'s comfort level. Most notably, this pair of goggles includes a technology that Samsung calls an Anti-Screen Door Effect Display. The headset now weighs only 590g (1.3lbs) and everything from the headband to the display position, to the Inter-Pupillary Distance (IPD) wheel, can be easily adjusted.

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