Samsung's new Odyssey+ VR headset battles the screen-door effect

Next generation Odyssey promises crisper, clear VR experience
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After leaking earlier, Samsung has officially announced the HMD Odyssey+, the successor to its Samsung HMD Odyssey Windows Mixed Reality headset.

Samsung's new Windows Mixed Reality headset comes with an Anti-SDE (Screen-Door Effect) Display, aimed at mitigating a condition that can lead to mild dizziness and nausea. It basically reduces the fixed pattern noise by doubling the amount of pixels that are listed.

Essential reading: Windows Mixed Reality headsets explained

So while the dual AMOLED displays each sport a resolution of 1440 x 1600, you're getting a pixels per inch count of 1,233. That's double the pixel count of the original Odyssey's 615 PPI. The same 110-degree field of view from the original Odyssey is still here though.

Samsung's new Odyssey+ VR headset battles the screen-door effect

There's also built in headphones tuned by AKG, a built-in microphone that plays nice with Microsoft's voice assistant Cortana and it comes with controllers that support 6 degrees of freedom (6DOF) motion control accuracy.

Changes have been made to the design of the headset too with a wider nose guard now included (40mm up from 32mm) and an eye box that's now wider at 146mm compared to 138mm on the original.

The Odyssey+ being able to double the amount of pixels to fix the screen-door effect is impressive, if it works. The Odyssey+ is available now from both Samsung and Microsoft for $499.99.

Samsung's new Odyssey+ VR headset battles the screen-door effect

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Michael Sawh


Michael Sawh has been covering the wearable tech industry since the very first Fitbit landed back in 2011. Previously the resident wearable tech expert at Trusted Reviews, he also marshaled the features section of

He also regularly contributed to T3 magazine when they needed someone to talk about fitness trackers, running watches, headphones, tablets, and phones.

Michael writes for GQ, Wired, Coach Mag, Metro, MSN, BBC Focus, Stuff, TechRadar and has made several appearances on the BBC Travel Show to talk all things tech. 

Michael is a lover of all things sports and fitness-tech related, clocking up over 15 marathons and has put in serious hours in the pool all in the name of testing every fitness wearable going. Expect to see him with a minimum of two wearables at any given time.

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