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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Visuals, Sound, and Tracking

    Posted
    LogicalTech

    After reading up on VR and spending a weekend using the Oculus Rift, I decided to try the Odyssey. I'm glad i did. For those of you who might have tried the PSVR and became sick, I did too. I've had no nausea with either the Odyssey or Rift The Odyssey's visuals are best in class with the highest resolution available for a fully-featured, working VR headset (PIMAX's res is higher, but the headset's usability is questionable). The images are crisp and noticeably better than the Rift. Be aware that all VR headsets have a screen door effect because the screens are so close to your eyes. With the Odyssey, the screen door effect is minimal. The headset is very comfortable. My longest session so far has been 5 hours with no discomfort at all. The built-in headphones sound great, and the volume control rocker on the headset is a nice touch. You can position the earphones over the ear for full immersion or just in front of the ear to enjoy the sound but still be aware of your surroundings. Also a nice touch. The headset is adjustable and fits on large heads like mine well and it adjusts to a very small size as well. The headset tracking and controller tracking works almost perfectly for every game I've tried. I say almost perfectly because on very rare occasions, tracking will be lost for a split-second, when I keep my hands behind my back for too long. So the loss of tracking is really user error. And not having to deal with setting up tracking stations is awesome. To get the most out of the headset, you'll want to sit, stand, and move around. With the attached cord, you'll have a nice, but small play space. I extended my play space to 14' x 16', and it works perfectly. When you extend your play space, you cant use cheap cables or a single long HDMI cable. It doesn't work. I tried. So I bought a 15 ft, powered USB 3.0 extension on Amazon ($22), 2, 6 ft 4K rocketfish HDMI cables at Best Buy ($40), a female to female rocketfish HDMI coupler ($20), and a powered rocketfish HDMI splitter ($69.99). I tried a cheap splitter, but it didn't work. USB extension connects to computer and headset. HDMI cable 1 connects to computer and powered splitter. HDMI cable 2 connects to powered splitter and coupler. Coupler connects to headset. Use electrical tape to reinforce connections and anchor the splitter and cords to the desk where your computer sits using gorilla tape or something more sophisticated. Trust me on this :) To prevent cables from tangling, foam pipe insulation works great. Buy all of your games on Steam VR, because they all work, even if the game only shows Vive or Oculus compatibility. The WMR controllers are hybrids of the Vive and Oculus controllers, so everything works. You can also play Oculus Store exclusive games using the Steam Revive add-on. Robo Recall is the only Oculus Store game that keeps crashing. Guaranteed Fun for Everybody Games: Space Pirate Trainer Audioshield Raw Data Robo Recall (When it works) Rec Room Superhot VR Quivr Echo Arena (very fast paced, no gravity game that might cause nausea) Serious Weight Loss Games. Wear a sweat band for these. I lost 10 pounds in three weeks for my daughter's wedding: Box VR Holopoint Audioshield Amazing AAA Titles: Elite: Dangerous Fallout 4 (not perfect, but it's still incredible) Project Cars 2 And being ex-military, Onward is in a class by itself. Hope this review helps you to make a decision.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best display out there!

    Posted
    Rolls17
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    I'm a VR enthusiast, and I have used the Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive, The Lenovo Explorer, and now the Samsung Odyssey. I'm a glasses wearer, and need corrective lenses to be able to use vr, so this is based on that variable. The Rift was the worst of my experiences as my glasses wouldn't even come close to fitting, and setup of the system was a pain, it takes a third sensor to track like the vive and portability was even worse to show others vr. The god rays were awful and screen door affect was pretty obvious, and without glasses the sweet spot was tiny. The Vive was great, perfect tracking and definitely a premium system, but customer support is a pain, and if you play a game that makes you sweat, the vive is susceptible to easily breaking with sweat and that's not covered under warranty and is a $250 repair. God rays were minimal though, large sweet spot, still pretty noticeable screen door affect, but my glasses fit. The Lenovo Explorer is a fantastic cheap mixed reality vr. While the sweet spot was quite small and screen door affect was quite obvious, it's the most comfortable of all of them and super portable. My glasses fit easily and god rays are hardly there, plus it's easily portable. And finally, the Samsung... Quite comfy, god rays are gone, screen door affect is nearly non existent, large sweet spot, but the display, absolutely the best! The Samsung makes me feel like I'm experiencing vr for the first time again it's quite amazing. Final thoughts, all four boast an fov of 110, but the Samsung fov feels larger, not like looking through binoculars, plus the built-in headphones and microphone are great. For reference, I would say the vive tracking is 100% out of the box, but I would say the Samsung is 90%, so still really good for not needing base stations or light houses. I would say this is the best overall vr currently on the market.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very pleasently surprised

    Posted
    rgardler

    I was trying to resist the first generation headsets. First gen is always a disappointment, right? However, my son wore me down and I agreed to try one in store. It was much better than I expected and a month later I caved and bought the Samsung headset. I've had it for about a month now. I don't play so many games (though my son does). The ones I've looked at are fairly limited. They mostly feel like game developers experimenting with this new format rather than game developers building the next big thing. However, some of those experiments are very impressive - I can't wait for the full blown games as they continue to figure out the best format. For me, I spend lots of time in a virtual world using text to speech to read my research articles while I explore randomly generated scenery. I've also been extremely impressed with the VR sports coverage - as a sports fan I am 100% convinced this is the way I want to watch sports in the future - it's simply amazing. Finally, as a software engineer I'm having great fun with my own experiments with interfaces in VR (I also own a HoloLens for this reason, Microsoft are doing a fantastic job of allowing us developers to learn one paradigm for both environments - I guess that's whey they call both Mixed Reality).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This IS the VR headset you're looking for!

    Posted
    DavidDane

    Amazing headset! I have been following VR for many years, reading reviews, trying different ones - including the Vive, Rift, and PSVR. I have 20/20 vision and things like the screen door effect and God rays on the rift/vive completely ruin it for me. The screens on them really aren't up to par. The psvr doesn't suffer from these issues, but it has a noticeably lower resolution and aliasing. This was the year I decided to take the plunge into VR, but was left disappointed, UNTIL I tried VR on this headset with Windows mixed reality and SteamVR. I really believe WMR coupled with Steam for gaming is the future for VR/MR. With the Samsung Odyssey you have built in headphones, a mic, the highest resolution screens available and because of this - no real noticeable screen door effect, and alot less God rays. The setup and the tracking are just as good as the Vive. The Samsung Odyssey is top quality and is exactly what I have been looking for. Look no further, this is the best!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth it.

    Posted
    RubyStewby

    Let me start off by saying I in the HTC Vive, I have used the rift, and the phone thing (SamsungVR?). The visual quality if this is best in class. I now use this over the HTC Vive. I am glad the tech is moving forward. Pros: very clear image, much much more comfortable than Vive and rift. Controls are comfy. Set up is easy, and your VR "home" once you get it all set up is great fun. Cons: pricey, the Windows update took about an hour (needed for the headset). The cable is a couple feet shorter than the Vive. And slightly awkward to don and doff the HMD. I highly recommend this headset as it is much better than the Acer,HP, and lenovo

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not good for gamers... or humans in general.

    Posted
    Kirk
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    The Samsung Odyssey has a great display, the picture is much better and the colors are more vibrant than anyother headset available today. Unfortunately they had to put this awesome display on the worst, bulkiest, most uncomfortable headset ever made. It will leave you with a rash on your forehead and a sore pinched nose, it shakes when you move your head and it lets light in all around. I have to wear a ski mask when I use this headset to correct all these issues. If your wondering I do have a pretty average normal shaped head. Tracking is the biggest issue of all with the Odyssey. It’s an absolute nightmare all around. The controllers loose tracking all the time and this has gotten me killed in Skyrim more times than I can count. It’s very, very frustrating when you want the headset to be great because of the picture but your battling with tracking issues and discomfort the whole time. I just gave up and went back to playing games on my Oculus Rift. I use my Odyssey to watch Netflix and that’s about it. Not worth the investment in my opinion.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I did my research, and I’m glad I bought one!

    Posted
    SRED5
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    First of all, the screen is fantastic. It’s the best there is right now. No “god rays,” and the “screen door effect” is so minimal it’s not even worth mentioning. People had mentioned some problems with the controllers, and, where there are some glitches, you learn to handle the equipment; it’s a learning curve like everything else. You can set up a border so that you don’t run into things or smash your controller into a wall. I really like the controllers, by the way. They’re very comfortable and easy to use. I love the Windows MR interface. I also think that when all is said and done, Samsung will be the King of VR. They offer such a high quality experience with an extremely simple set up: I plug in a USB3. I plug in a HDMI. I use my Odyssey headset. I have fun. If your on the fence about which VR headset to buy - this one.....you’re welcome.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great VR headset

    Posted
    Mrcain
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    After doing a review on the multiple headsets out there and coming to the conclusion that I didn't want to set up for room scale, I looked into Windows mixed reality. The Samsung Odyssey is a great unit because very much it is plug-and-play with a great resolution higher than any other headset out there currently. It's comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. With that you have the ability to draw your room scale as large as your play area regardless of space. Whether you have a 10 x 10 room or 4 x 4 this headset works great. If you can find it on sale even better. I bought it when I was released but I currently have seen it for lower than listed MSRP. With this headset. I have also been able to play games from the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift as well as the windows mixed reality store the windows mixed reality store.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic

    Posted
    Morsebs138
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    I've used the PSVR and the HTC Vive and have always come away with motion sickness. I haven't experienced any discomfort while using the Samsung. It was also super easy to setup compared to the Vive and even the PSVR. I had one minor issue while initially installing the software for Window s Mixed Reality, but it was an easy fix. You need to be part of the Windows Insider program (took <5 minutes to sign up) in order to download the software. SteamVR worked perfectly and I experienced no tracking issues with the controllers while playing Dead Effect 2 and SuperHot VR. Right now, this is the best headset for gaming hands down.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Waiting for more fun

    Posted
    TONO
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    I had to return Oculus Rift with several reasons and decided to try this headset. I love this with the following reasons: 1. My gpu has only 1 hdmi port connected to 4k tv. Oculus rift does not work while connecting 4k tv. This headset works fine via displayport to hdmi adapter. 2. It is easier to adjust the headset to my head with the adjustment wheel. I wear glasses and had a hard time to put on the oculus rift but this is easier to put it on even with glasses. 3. Set up is easier. I needed a bluetooth dongle but other than that, it was easier to setup with the Windows MR portal. 4. It is more comfortable and better picture quality. I'm not sure if it's really better picture quality than oculus rift, but it looks same or better from my first impression. The only issue is the lack of software. I'm very looking forward to enjoying more in the future.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Uses windows update

    Posted
    Kevin
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    I’m fairly tech savvy (am a computer tech for a living), and after 2 os restores and time spent working with Microsoft and Samsung techs to determine the headset wasn’t the issue fully, I can conclude that a windows based headset such as this one is not worth it. Go buy the vive or the rift as they have 3rd party software that is more plug and play than the shotty usage of windows updates that are the root of all tech problems on this earth. If it would have worked, the headset is actually quite bulky and heavy. So I probably wouldn’t have felt very immersed anyways. It’s been 3 days of troubleshooting and I’m simply done... time to go get a headset that has nothing to do with mixed reality.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not for serious Vr fans

    Posted
    Retroman

    The odyssey has better resolution than any vr headset to date and you can see the diffrence, However the tracking and game support for this unit kills any hope of it being a success. The motion controls dont work at all in a dark room and even in well lit room its somewhat glitchy. Most games on steam dont work properly for this headset the controls are wonky and proper button assignments are all messed up compared to vive and oculus.I cant recomend this at all because vr is all about immersive experience and this headset is more of a glitched out after thought than a legit contender for vr. Needless to say i returned it and will hold out for the vive pro...If i were you i would do the same!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Great picture.. but terrible tracking

    Posted
    Decaf

    I've recently returned my Samsung Odyssey for two reasons: Poor tracking on controllers and poor tracking on the headset. I had tried everything. Better lighting, changing around the rooms setup. Nothing worked. Another terrible feature was that you couldn't re-center your camera in-game once it got skewed like I could with the Oculus back in the day. The picture was much clearer than that of the Oculus DK2 which was my last headset but the lack of sensors keeps this from being one of the best HMD's on the market. Maybe their next version will prefect inside out tracking but until then.. I'd stay away from this if you're wanting to do anything hardcore gaming related.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best time to get in VR so far

    Posted
    juanchocc
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    I live in a mobile home and having an area designated just to play in VR is a pain. that is why I looked for system that didn't require sensor or a big area. The samsung odyssey is perfect for that. Also, i was impressed at the low quality monitor in the Oculus, not the case with this headset, the screen effect is minimal to none. the tracking of the controllers is 95%. the only minimal issue is looking away while trying to interact with the controllers, because they are tracked with cameras in the headset. it is heavy though, I have found using a beenie solved the problem. WORTH IT.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great

    Posted
    Chavac
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    Overall great product. Went with Samsung WMR headset because of the amoled screen with better resolution compared to other WMR variants. Was impressed to learn resolution is actually better than vive or rift as well. Have demo'd both rift and vive and can say visually the Samsung is superior, though all are still clearly behind your average monitor in terms of clarity. No issues with motion sickness. Setup is very easy though I wish these would include a Bluetooth dongle for the controllers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Optics are better than Rift but controllers not

    Posted
    Diditdoneit
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    A lot less god rays, less screen door and much sharper than rift! The rift controllers are awesome the odyssey not so great. Very short wires and you will need to find an extension for the usb and hdmi ! Oculus with revive doesn’t give the full experience because you need the touch sensors but Steam seems to be pretty good and may later be great. In the end good luck finding cables and the best portal for content in the future

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Quality, easy to use

    Posted
    Mortwight
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    Great MR/AR setup. Good build quality, easy to adjust to fit my large head. I want to try and use the controllers on non vr games. they feel like 2 halves of a ps4 controller, which is very cooll. good cabling, the end splits into usb and hdmi at the end and its long. kinda wish they sold a display stand for it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great resolution

    Posted
    DonPipinoPowers
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    this headset has a very good resolution, the setup can be lengthy though. But after a couple of hours setting up windows mixed reality and steam, im good to go. comes with mic and headphones integrated unlike the other WMR headsets.. but it can be bad if they ever stop working.. the only compaint is that you cant quick lift the visor like the others. but hey.. on the other specs.. it's the best!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great portable VR headset

    Posted
    Dustimwill
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    I chose this over the Rift and Vive because there are no sensors to be mounted. I am able to take my VR setup anywhere with ease. Very little setup required and minuscule screen door effect. The headset itself could be a little more comfortable but it’s not a deal breaker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great visual quality.

    Posted
    LouBravo
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    It’s lightweight design has reasonable durability. The remote tracking sensors can be sometimes inconsistent however, once you get use to it’s tracking parameters, it’s a great VR experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend