Samsung HMD Odyssey+ upgrade tackles the big VR issue

Alonzo Simpson
October 22, 2018

Samsung on Monday launched the HMD Odyssey+, an upgraded version of its original Odyssey mixed reality headset with an improved display created to reduce dizziness and nausea.

The device, first tipped over the summer via an FCC filing, features dual 3.5-inch AMOLED displays with a resolution of 1,440 x 1,600 per eye. This is known as the screen door effect and it's quite distracting, taking away from the immersion these headsets aims to generate.

"When fine lines separating pixels become visible in some displays, the "screen door effect" can hinder immersion and even lead to dizziness or nausea over time", the Microsoftie writes. "You'll experience true, distraction-free immersive viewing with the Samsung HMD Odyssey+'s exclusive Anti-Screen Door Effect (Anti-SDE) Display innovation".

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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's Anti-SDE technology involves applying a grid to diffuse light coming from each pixel to replicate the picture to areas around each pixel. Total weight has actually gone down slightly, and Samsung says that's it's outfitted the Odyseey+ face padding with a new, breathable material that means the lenses inside the headset won't fog up while you're using it.

Whether or not the Samsung HMD Odyssey+ is very suitable for gaming will remain to be seen, but it does offer Steam VR support, in addition to the Windows MR support. A refined controller can act as a flashlight in the event you need to duck back into the real world and find something in your VR cave, but past that, the headset sticks with the AKG audio hardware, dedicated interpupillary distance adjustment, and inside-out tracking that Samsung introduced with its first Odyssey. It'll be available in other regions including Korea, China, Brazil and Hong Kong soon, Sammy said.

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