According to the Korea Times, in an expansion of its strategic alliance with Microsoft, Samsung is working on a cordless headset that supports both augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). This is seen as Microsoft leveraging its partnership ecosystem for “mixed reality headsets” and high-end gaming PCs.

“Samsung Electronics is working on developing cordless and high-priced headsets supporting both VR and AR,” a Samsung official told the newspaper. “Definitely, Samsung plans to use in-house application processors, OLED displays, and sensors. But more importantly, Microsoft has lowered its demand for royalties as it is taking a multi-pronged approach to delivering a rich ecosystem of games and applications that will entice users.”

Samsung has reportedly asked Microsoft to use Samsung-fabricated processors for Windows Mixed Reality and Windows Mixed Reality Ultra as one condition for its continued support for Microsoft’s new businesses. The Korean consumer electronics giant reportedly sees the mixed reality market as more promising than VR or AR in wider usability and adaptability.

Both Samsung and Microsoft have already introduced VR and AR headsets, respectively. Samsung introduced its VR headset – the Gear VR – in late 2015, while Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset became available to developers in 2016.

Samsung launched a Windows mixed-reality headset last year – the Samsung HMD Odyssey Windows mixed reality headset (pictured above). It requires a Windows 10-powered PC, and is not cordless.

Samsung is expected to unveil the new mixed-reality headset at the IFA 2018 convention in Berlin in August.

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