[H]ardOCP: Odyssey+ VR Headset Solves the Screen Door Effect

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Even though the displays are the same, what you see should look quite a bit better thanks to Samsung's Anti-Screen Door Effect technology.

After leaking earlier, Samsung has officially announced the HMD Odyssey+, the successor to its Samsung HMD Odyssey Windows Mixed Reality headset. "You'll experience true, distraction-free immersive viewing with the Samsung HMD Odyssey+'s exclusive Anti-Screen Door Effect (Anti-SDE) Display innovation". "This headset deploys its cutting-edge display technology to fight irritating fixed-pattern noise for an enhanced MR experience".

I suppose that the Screen Door Effect is Mixed Reality's version of the "mail slot" field of view issue with HoloLens in that it's the one major problem cited by customers.

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The main innovation of the updated VR headset is in the technology of Anti-Screen Door Effect (Anti-SDE), created to solve the so-called "screen door effect", when the thin lines separating the individual pixels become visible in the image. It'll be available in other regions including Korea, China, Brazil and Hong Kong soon, Sammy said. "Samsung anti-SDE AMOLED Display solves SDE by applying a grid that diffuses light coming from each pixel and replicating the picture to areas around each pixel", Microsoft explains in a blog post.

According to the manufacturer, with this solution the user can perceive the image in two times clearer - the "virtual" density of pixels per inch is PPI 1233 616 instead of the actual PPI.

Samsung's HMD Odyssey+ goes on sale today in the U.S. at the Microsoft store and on Samsung's website priced at $499.99. The Samsung HMD Odyssey+ weighs just 1.3 lbs, with an eye box measuring 146 mm (5.75 inches). The VR headset also comes with integrated headphones with AKG Audio with support for 360 degrees spatial sound support to offer 3D like sound effect with an ability to control volume on the VR headset itself. Samsung is also talking up the adjustable headband and display positions, along with the dedicated wheel for adjusting inter-pupilary distance (IPD).