Magic Leap One Mixed Reality Headset Shipping Today

Magic Leap One Mixed Reality Headset Shipping Today

Magic Leap says the technology is a "spatial computing system", which unlike virtual reality that blocks out the real world, layers virtual images on top of the wearer's environment. From the look of it, Magic Leap's untethered experience doesn't seem half bad, but I'm still skeptical of the quality as I haven't had the chance to try it yet. There are only a few games now out, though more should come as developers get their hands on the system.

The headset is available via the official Magic Leap website, but you must be available in Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco (Bay Area), Seattle, and Chicago if you want to order one, because it's only sold via this special service called LiftOff.

Magic Leap One Creator Edition mixed-reality headset is finally on sale for $2,295. Magic Leap will also offer the Creator Portal, a hub for developers where they can access a few additional tools, including creative software named Magic Kit. The Lightpack features an Nvidia Tegra X2 mobile chipset, 8GB of memory, 128GB of storage, and a battery that'll last three hours and charges over USB-C. Right now, however, it's aimed at app developers, who Magic Leap hopes will want to create their own apps for the Magic Leap World store. There is Tónandi, a collaboration between Sigur Rós and Magic Leap Studios, and provides an "interactive audio-visual exploration of the sounds and spirit of the band".

Magic Leap's history has always been somewhat mysterious, but it has also garnered a huge amount of support and hype from investors. The upcoming Dr. Grordbort's Invaders is an action game involving invading evil robots, developed with Weta Workshop. Magic Leap founder Rony Abovitz has taken to Twitter with a series of tweets suggesting a launch is imminent, including more than one reference to a rocket ship. He had previously said that a version of Magic Leap would launch this summer, which ends on September 22. However, the system has a starting price of $2,295 and has limited availability. "With Magic Leap, we are setting a new precedent for a truly immersive shopping experience leveraging the power of mixed reality and the ease of web". Magic Leap is limiting the release to selected cities in the United States to start, as each purchase comes with a free technician visit to help users fit and set up the device.