Samsung's upgraded HMD Odyssey+ aims to kill dreaded 'screen door effect'

Donna Miller
October 23, 2018

After leaking earlier, Samsung has officially announced the HMD Odyssey+, the successor to its Samsung HMD Odyssey Windows Mixed Reality headset.

If you compare the HMD Odyssey+ to its predecessor, you'll see that it has a higher-resolution combined resolution of 2880 x 1600 (meaning 1440 x 1600 per eye) where most first-generation MR headsets utilized a 2,880 x 1,440 resolution (or 1440 x 1440 per eye). The hardware itself has been improved, with Samsung claiming to have solved the screen-door effect problem so common with today's VR headsets.

The "Screen Door Effect" is the name for the phenomenon where the slender lines between the pixels become visible to the user, causing a kind of mesh effect like looking through a screen door. Most notably, this pair of goggles includes a technology that Samsung calls an Anti-Screen Door Effect Display.

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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. The Samsung HMD Odyssey+ deploys its cutting-edge display technology to fight irritating fixed-pattern noise, creating a perceived PPI of 1,233 PPI2 for an enhanced mixed reality experience. 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.

Samsung's HMD Odyssey+ goes on sale today in the United States at the Microsoft store and on Samsung's website priced at $499.99. It supports 360-degree spatial sound that mimics 3D audio and comes with pre-paired 6DOF controllers, which promises quick setup and richer experiences. It'll be available in other regions including Korea, China, Brazil and Hong Kong soon, Sammy said.

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