The Best Windows VR Headset Isn’t Coming To Europe

by Jamie Feltham • October 18th, 2017

Samsung’s new Odyssey headset is meant to represent the best of the bunch when it comes to Microsoft’s new line of Windows-based VR devices running on its Mixed Reality platform. Sadly, European VR fans won’t be able to try it for themselves.

The company today confirmed to UploadVR that Odyssey will not be releasing in Europe. We’ve asked after the reasoning behind this decision but hadn’t heard back at the time of publication.

It’s a big loss for European VR fans; while the Windows VR headsets that started shipping yesterday from companies like Acer and HP are largely identical, Odyssey catered towards a more premium experience. Whereas the other headsets used dual-panel LCD displays with 1440 x 1440 resolution, Samsung features an AMOLED screen with a slightly higher 1440 x 1600 per eye resolution, which beats out the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive’s 1080 x 1200 per eye resolution by a good margin.

The kit also has integrated earphones, which are missing from the other Windows headsets and a built-in microphone whereas the others only support external devices. Bundled with six degrees of freedom (6DOF) controllers it costs $499, which is $50 more than the second most expensive headsets from Dell and HP. Microsoft even saved its reveal for the final surprise of its Mixed Reality presentation earlier this month.

Odyssey is set to release in the US on November 8th.

The decision to not release Odyssey in Europe does raise questions as to just how confident Samsung is in its new headset and indeed Microsoft’s wider Mixed Reality platform. This isn’t a company that’s sheepish about the tech as a whole; its Gear VR mobile device powered by Oculus is currently leading the market with over five million units sold, and its also working on a standalone device along with several other software initiatives.

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  • impurekind

    It’s also the best looking headset of the bunch too.

    • gary anderson

      Samsung have gone right down in my estimation now. I’ve always bought samsung phones, and the gear vr, so I was really looking forward to the new headset. I’ll never buy a samsung product again. Go to hell samsung.

      • koenshaku

        That sounds a little extreme, but yeah this is the only HMD I am interested in at the moment also myself lol.

        • RFC_VR

          Samsung will see no Mixed Reality market share in the EU (740 million citizens, 2nd largest economy in World) very strange business practice?

          Was the only MR hmd I wanted….roll on 2nd generation PC VR 😘

          • Opinionated Cat Lover

            I wonder if it really is “isn’t coming to Europe right now.” That sounds more like a Supply Chain thing, though it could also be a legal thing too.

  • JesperL

    So just wondering. Should EU be upset, that they are missing out? Or should the US be worried, that they are “beta testers”? 😀

    • AmiRami

      Both probably lol

  • FusionPlay Games

    Is there any way to order this from Germany via US stores?

    • Aymen le berger

      shipito , but you will pay taxes ,shipping and maybe some other extra , not a good idea .

      • AmiRami

        Stupid tariffs

  • wrapter

    Is that stated correctly? “Oculus Rift and HTC Vive’s 1080 x 1200 displays ” and “Samsung features an AMOLED screen with a slightly higher 1440 x 1600 per eye resolution” ?per eye?

    • TheFishQuill

      they are both per eye, rift / vive is 1080×1200 per eye

      • Jamie Feltham

        This. Updated the story to be clearer, thanks!

    • Xron

      Some reviewers stated that even if on paper specs look different, actual differences aren’t as big.

  • JMB

    Disappointing to hear, was actually consideirng getting this if any of the MR HMDs.

    It’s interestung to see how the big players in VR are currently hedging their bets though; and keeping our fingers crossed it seems as though Pimax might actually be able to disrupt quite out of the blue. Exciting times…

    • Stefan Küppers

      Same here. I think there is even a good portion of oculus/ vive users like me readdy to shell out some money for an upgrade even if its not that huge, This also would create a stable secondary market for used hmds sucking in more people to vr.
      I feverishly consume every pimax news but I am to scared to buy kickstarter. I rather have a local/ national dealer to deal with warrancy issues.

  • Dave

    Humbug.

  • cirby

    I’d bet on production volume issues for the OLED panels. They probably have just enough to handle US demand, and don’t want to have to release a European version unless they can supply enough units to open a support center.

  • Ivan Mike

    bad decision

  • AmiRami

    This is brand new tech for a brand new platform. It only makes sense to be a bit sheepish at first. This isn’t a Samsung Galaxy which has been a proven winner.

  • Sofian

    Once they made the other MR HMDs look bad…

    I thought I would get one while waiting til january for my Pimax 8k …good bye mixed reality.

  • Rook

    what a laugh, well there goes that plan, and my support in shilling, promotion and testing

  • GrangerFX

    I am more concerned about what this means for the Samsung Odyssey in the US market. Either Samsung expects it to be a flop or are planning to redesign it before releasing it worldwide. Either way those that buy it now (like me) are screwed. The Odyssey lacks the hinge which lets you flip up the visor to see your environment. That’s super handy if you want to find where you put down the controller. Pushing up the headset is not as good especially if you wear glasses.

  • As an European, I’m really tired of all this products that are US-only or that have first sales only in the US

  • wrapter

    Is there an update about how the Samsung Odyssey will work with Steam? My understanding is that it will work with steam but will that happen on day 1 of release? If not when?