The Magic Leap One Mixed Reality headset has started shipping in the U.S. It costs $2,295, but is it worth the hype?
Magic Leap is probably one of the most talked about and exciting tech startups of the past few years. The company received huge financial investments from companies like Google, bringing its valuation to an incredible $2.3 billion. Today, it has finally released its first product: The Magic Leap One, Creator Edition, the first “mixed-reality” headset.
The Creator Edition is a “full-blown, working consumer-grade product,” according to Rony Abovitz, CEO of Magic Leap. But it’s not yet the version that most of us would want. Instead, it is aimed at artists and app developers who can get access to a limited suite of experiences aimed to inspire them to develop their own apps for the Magic Leap World store.
The Magic Leap One is a three-part device that consists of a headset, the Lightwear, a wearable computer, the Lightpack, and a handheld controller. The headset uses a combination of tracking cameras and a “photonics chip” lens to project images over the real world. That’s what mixed reality is: virtual objects mixed into a view of the real world that surrounds you. The Lightwear also has built-in speakers, so there is no need for extra headphones.
OK, great tech, on paper. But is it worth the hype?
There sure is much hype around the launch of the Magic Leap, Content creator edition. But for now, it will only ship to US customers. And according to a review from The Verge, you might want to skip this version…
Want more? Watch this video from The Verge, who had a chance to test the new Magic Leap One in their HQ in South Florida: