Today, the company announced a partnership with NetEase to show content on their AR sunglasses, Nreal Light. Nreal offers a pair of sunglasses that connect to an external processor, be it a special device or a Snapdragon 855 smartphone.
The glasses then reproduce virtual images in the real world, like the Magic Leap One or HoloLens 2. According to the lucky ones who tried the novelty, it made quite a strong impression. However, at that time it was impossible to try any truly interactive content.
Everything changes with the advent of GDC, where Nreal shows Ume NetEase AR. This is a puzzle game in which players explore a series of bizarre landscapes and objects. Puzzles rely on optical illusions, forcing players to use 6DOF tracking to solve them. Nreal Light supports the 3DOF motion controller, which we assume you use to interact with the game.
Nreal hopes to show GDC developers that it has a viable AR game development platform. Current AR-games are mainly limited to AR-based AR-based smartphones from Apple and Google’s ARCore. Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 is an enterprise-level device that is not related to entertainment. Magic Leap One includes many games, but $ 2,295 is too expensive for many gamers to really consider this option.
We still do not know when Nreal Light will be released, and how much it will cost. But, weighing only 85g, VRcue has high hopes that it could be an AR headset that really hooks a mass audience.