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Magic Leap VR headsets to cost as much as US$1,000

The Magic Leap AR/VR headset will arrive at different price points. (Source: Magic Leap)
The Magic Leap AR/VR headset will arrive at different price points. (Source: Magic Leap)
Magic Leap has revealed more details about its forthcoming AR headset. Along with a developer edition coming out this year, there will eventually be multiple models of varying sizes, cost and performance.

Magic Leap CEO Rony Obovitz has revealed that there will be more than one variant of its AR headset and that the high-end model will cost around US$1000. While that definitely seems on the high side, it should be remembered that the headset does come with a “wearable” computing platform that doesn’t require a separate PC to power the experience. Variations of the headset will include different sizes, processing power and price points to suit a wide audience.

Obovitz made the revelations during an interview a panel at the annual Recode Media Conference. Fans of basketball will also be interested to note that Magic Leap has made a deal with the NBA to show basketball matches in augmented (or mixed) reality. Unfortunately, live games aren’t on the cards, at least initially, although the aim is to stream games live so that they look like they are being played on a coffee table, but with you as the viewer watching from the stands.

Other plans for the Magic Leap headset sound equally impressive, if they can pull it off as described. The company is planning on replacing your computer, your smartphone and TV all at once by combining the experiences. Users will be able to pin screens with different content; one might have a show, another a social feed and other information. The developer version, dubbed the Creator Edition, will launch later this year. The technology differs from the competition by using lightfield technology to seamless blend live and AR worlds.


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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-02-14 (Update: 2018-02-14)