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Europe won't get Samsung Odyssey

Samsung's Odyssey headset won't be sold in Europe.

The company unveiled what has been described as the best Windows Mixed Reality headset earlier this month, but they have now revealed to The Verge that while it will be on sale in the US from next month, other territories won't be able to get their hands on it.

A spokesperson for the firm did not explain why the device won't be sold in Europe.

The Odyssey boasts dual-OLED displays, a higher 1400 x 1600 resolution per eye, 110-degree field-of-view, and built-in headphones, and will be sold for $499 with bundled motion controllers from November 6.

Earlier this week, Microsoft's range of Windows Mixed Reality headsets went on sale, with offerings from Dell, HP, Lenovo and Acer currently available.

Meanwhile, Samsung revealed last month they are developing virtual reality software to help diagnose patients.

The technology giant have teamed up with Gangnam Severance Hospital and content maker FNI to work on VR tools that could help diagnose patients with mental health issues.

They will be focusing on cognitive behaviour therapies to aid suicide prevention as well as psychological assessments.

Samsung are planning to use their Gear VR headset as well as the Gear S3 smartwatch, the S Health app and virtual assistant Bixby as they work on developing the software.

It comes after Medibank launched a VR software to be used at Australian hospitals to help patients to experience social situations they had been missing out on whilst in hospital.

Sami Yamin, a clinical neuropsychologist and neuroscientist, said: "Long-stay hospital patients often really suffer from loneliness and isolation because they're not necessarily able to access the community. It's sort of a growing problem within this specific context.

"We really had to think about what was reasonable for long-stay hospital patients to be able to do ... something which was relatively passive but still gave the sense of community. So if someone had a spinal injury, and had had very little movement in their neck or below the neck, they'd still be able to enjoy the experience."

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