The firm uses the term "mixed reality" to refer to both VR experiences, which are based solely in computer-generated worlds, as well as AR, which mixes graphics and real-world views together. For marketing purposes at events and trade shows, the Odyssey seems like it would require less work to set up and be less limiting for potential users.
The Lenovo headset comes with motioncontrollers and is priced at $399 USD.
Microsoft is excited to incorporate communications technology into our mixed reality ecosystem. Unlike the Vive, for example, the Odyssey requires no setup of extra sensors, and users are free to roam wherever they can. In fact, you probably want to reduce brightness in a VR headset so you don't strain the eyes.
According to SuperData Research, the two firms had only sold a combined total of just over one million headsets by the end of June. In-store demonstrations of the title will also be available, but no details on the gameplay were initially revealed.
Microsoft recently held a big unveiling event for a series of Windows mixed reality headsets. A mysterious third party, thought to be former Oculus founder Palmer Luckey, surfaced the following month to keep the company going. Holiday shoppers might find these devices a better option that the more expensive Oculus Rift and VIVE.