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Microsoft Store has Lenovo Explorer Mixed Reality Headset w/ Motion Controllers for $199. Shipping is free. Thanks rexlee21cn

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  • 2x 2.89" 1440x1440 LCD displays
  • Flip-up front hinged display
  • Up to 105 degrees horizontal field of view
  • Display refresh rate up to 90 Hz (native)
  • Built-in audio out and microphone support through 3.5mm jack
  • Single cable with HDMI 2.0 (display) and USB 3.0 (data)
  • Inside-out tracking
  • 4m (13ft) cable
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Device Specifications

Two high-resolution liquid crystal displays at 1440 x 1440
2.89" diagonal display size (x2)
Front hinged display, so you can flip the headset up while working
Up to 105 degrees horizontal field of view
Display refresh rate up to 90 Hz (native)
Built-in audio out and microphone support through 3.5mm jack
Single cable with HDMI 2.0 (display) and USB 3.0 (data) for connectivity
Inside-out tracking
4.00m cable
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I have one and have been enjoying it. I only got it last month, so it's still pretty "new." It does lose hand tracking if you keep your hands out of its "view" for too long. I can take weapons from my back in the games that have that, but throwing is a bit hairy. In Superhot, I've gotten used to throwing from the inside out (not unlike a frisbee, but palm down). That, or an elbow-only throw, like a dart. Superhot is still incredibly fun.

But for the price and ease of setup, I can't complain. Hand tracking step below the "big names," and I'm still keeping an eye out for a sale. But if you don't want to spend a ton of money, it's a step up from the Gear VR.

You don't need a powerhouse system, either. I am running find on a computer from 2011/12. i5-2500k (mild overclock if any) and HD 7970 3GiB.

I've played or been playing Superhot VR, VR Dungeon Knight, The Belco Experiment, Budget Cuts Demo, Dead Effect 2, Job Simulator, and Space Pirate Trainer.

I have tried Subnautica, but I don't like playing with a controller. I have tried Everspace, but it doesn't work well with a mouse, and couldn't get a joystick to work when I tried, and I haven't tried with a controller.
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I have both the Samsung HMD Odyssey and the Lenovo (picked this on sale when it was a SD on Amazon).

The Samsung is definitely better as the AMOLED screens are gorgeous. The field of view is bigger, the controllers are better, has built-in headphones, etc.

However, there are 2 features that the Lenovo has going for it that the Samsung lacks. If I never owned the Samsung, the Lenovo would've stood out more because the experience is still great. So the Lenovo headset has a pivot hinge so you can swing the display away from your face. This is super handy if you want to get to typing on the keyboard again. The Samsung is like Vive or Rift where you have to take the whole thing off.

The Lenovo can also work with glasses easily whereas the Samsung is awful with glasses. I normally wear contacts so the Samsung is the main device. But sometimes after I've taken out my contacts for the day and they're soaking to be used for the next day, I want to play some VR so the Lenovo comes into play. And the Lenovo lets you use your own earphones/headphones as it has a 3.5 mm jack. Since the controllers are independent and interchangeable, I use my Samsung controllers for both headset (though I also have the Lenovo paired as well). The Lenovo controllers are by the stock OEM design from Microsoft whereas Samsung did some customization to the form factor.
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This is the same price I bought mine for on Black Friday.
It's now collecting dust though.
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This is the same price I bought mine for on Black Friday.
It's now collecting dust though.
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This is the same price I bought mine for on Black Friday.
It's now collecting dust though.
I was going to post the same thing...lol

Lucky for me I was able to return it for a full refund because of the extended return period. The lack of external cameras absolutely kills it especially in games like SuperHot
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I have one and have been enjoying it. I only got it last month, so it's still pretty "new." It does lose hand tracking if you keep your hands out of its "view" for too long. I can take weapons from my back in the games that have that, but throwing is a bit hairy. In Superhot, I've gotten used to throwing from the inside out (not unlike a frisbee, but palm down). That, or an elbow-only throw, like a dart. Superhot is still incredibly fun.

But for the price and ease of setup, I can't complain. Hand tracking step below the "big names," and I'm still keeping an eye out for a sale. But if you don't want to spend a ton of money, it's a step up from the Gear VR.

You don't need a powerhouse system, either. I am running find on a computer from 2011/12. i5-2500k (mild overclock if any) and HD 7970 3GiB.

I've played or been playing Superhot VR, VR Dungeon Knight, The Belco Experiment, Budget Cuts Demo, Dead Effect 2, Job Simulator, and Space Pirate Trainer.

I have tried Subnautica, but I don't like playing with a controller. I have tried Everspace, but it doesn't work well with a mouse, and couldn't get a joystick to work when I tried, and I haven't tried with a controller.
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Is this the older version?
Is there a new version? I thought you could get it with (G0A20002WW) or without (G0A20001WW) the controllers, and that was it.
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I'm actually not sure. I'm still learning about this. I thought maybe that's why it was cheaper. Feel free to enlighten me! 👍
The "new version" you've probably heard about is the HTC Vive Pro, an updated version of the HTC Vive. It has increased resolution and updated mounting hardware.

The main difference between this and the Vive is the Vive (and Rift) uses sensors spread around the room to track your movements. The Lenovo Explorer (and other Windows Mixed Reality headsets) use what's called "inside-out" tracking, where cameras on the headset are used to track the movement of the hands. This is cheaper and is easier to set up than external sensors, but has trouble tracking your hands when it can't see them, i.e. when they're overhead, by your side, or behind you.
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I was going to post the same thing...lol

Lucky for me I was able to return it for a full refund because of the extended return period. The lack of external cameras absolutely kills it especially in games like SuperHot
I have been hearing the Samsung oddysey is better-on par with the big names, and I have heard the tracking is better too.
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The "new version" you've probably heard about is the HTC Vive Pro, an updated version of the HTC Vive. It has increased resolution and updated mounting hardware.

The main difference between this and the Vive is the Vive (and Rift) uses sensors spread around the room to track your movements. The Lenovo Explorer (and other Windows Mixed Reality headsets) use what's called "inside-out" tracking, where cameras on the headset are used to track the movement of the hands. This is cheaper and is easier to set up than external sensors, but has trouble tracking your hands when it can't see them, i.e. when they're overhead, by your side, or behind you.
Thank you for the help and not attacking me, lol. I'm asking because I'm shopping around for my son as a birthday gift. I recently went to a VR arcade with him and learned that the HTC Vive needs sensors set up around you and this one doesn't. He's leaning more towards this one, which makes me happier since it's cheaper.

I'm a gamer myself and love the idea of VR but I've admittedly ignored any news or information about it, purposely, so I wouldn't get excited and upset that I couldn't afford it. This one is doable, price wise, but I just found out that my PC is not compatible with it. 😓

Thanks again for the help!
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I have been hearing the Samsung oddysey is better-on par with the big names, and I have heard the tracking is better too.
I have both the Samsung HMD Odyssey and the Lenovo (picked this on sale when it was a SD on Amazon).

The Samsung is definitely better as the AMOLED screens are gorgeous. The field of view is bigger, the controllers are better, has built-in headphones, etc.

However, there are 2 features that the Lenovo has going for it that the Samsung lacks. If I never owned the Samsung, the Lenovo would've stood out more because the experience is still great. So the Lenovo headset has a pivot hinge so you can swing the display away from your face. This is super handy if you want to get to typing on the keyboard again. The Samsung is like Vive or Rift where you have to take the whole thing off.

The Lenovo can also work with glasses easily whereas the Samsung is awful with glasses. I normally wear contacts so the Samsung is the main device. But sometimes after I've taken out my contacts for the day and they're soaking to be used for the next day, I want to play some VR so the Lenovo comes into play. And the Lenovo lets you use your own earphones/headphones as it has a 3.5 mm jack. Since the controllers are independent and interchangeable, I use my Samsung controllers for both headset (though I also have the Lenovo paired as well). The Lenovo controllers are by the stock OEM design from Microsoft whereas Samsung did some customization to the form factor.
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This is a great price for vr entry. I have this for a few months now. It's best around for the price. Sure you could pay double for better tracking or better screen (this is lcd, the expensive ones are oled). But honestly these changes are minor to the whole experience and in my opinion this is more than enough. I've used it on and off for months but after skyrim vr was released I play with it every day (if you buy this then skyrim is a must buy). You can also buy games and apps from oculus, steam and windows store. So the catalog is pretty big. I recommend a video card of gtx 970 or more for optimal experience. Also I had a scratch on my lens and Microsoft store customer service replaced it no questions asked.

Some vr games recommendations for newbies:
Skyrim vr (open world fantasy game with tons of extra content and mod support)
Superhot vr (great shooting game like the matrix movie)
Gorn (sword fight, epic!)
Box vr (great for exercise)
Lone echo (experience zero gravity as a robot, great story)
Robo recall (best vr shooter imo)
And many more..... (this is but a short list).
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The tracking on this is not perfect. Compared with the vive I would say this 85% of the vive tracking. With that being said it is more than enough for almost every game except multiplayer competitive games which will work but not as good as the vive (but for less than half the price, it's a compromise I'm willing to make) . But the setup for the lenovo literally takes 2 minutes and takes no space (no need for outside cameras) or extra wires (just the wire for the headset).
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I have both the Samsung HMD Odyssey and the Lenovo (picked this on sale when it was a SD on Amazon).

The Samsung is definitely better as the AMOLED screens are gorgeous. The field of view is bigger, the controllers are better, has built-in headphones, etc.

However, there are 2 features that the Lenovo has going for it that the Samsung lacks. If I never owned the Samsung, the Lenovo would've stood out more because the experience is still great. So the Lenovo headset has a pivot hinge so you can swing the display away from your face. This is super handy if you want to get to typing on the keyboard again. The Samsung is like Vive or Rift where you have to take the whole thing off.

The Lenovo can also work with glasses easily whereas the Samsung is awful with glasses. I normally wear contacts so the Samsung is the main device. But sometimes after I've taken out my contacts for the day and they're soaking to be used for the next day, I want to play some VR so the Lenovo comes into play. And the Lenovo lets you use your own earphones/headphones as it has a 3.5 mm jack. Since the controllers are independent and interchangeable, I use my Samsung controllers for both headset (though I also have the Lenovo paired as well). The Lenovo controllers are by the stock OEM design from Microsoft whereas Samsung did some customization to the form factor.
Thanks. I still think I am going for the Samsung (if I need to take off the headset, I probably want to rest the weight too, and I don't think it's that hard too adjust, plus I don't wear glasses.
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