Steam games are coming to Nreal's augmented reality glasses
Chinese augmented reality company Nreal is starting Steam Beta for their Nreal Light AR glasses and Nreal Air AR glasses, which let users beam games from PCs onto virtual large screens. The Nreal Light is an excellent pair of AR glasses (open in new tab) which already provides the option of streaming games via other cloud gaming services such as Xbox Cloud Gaming (open in new tab). Chinese start-up Nreal noticed that users of the Nreal Light AR glasses use the devices purely for watching video content on the large virtual screen in certain countries, so they realized that there is a market for these types of devices. Nreal Light glasses are able to deliver Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR) experiences, and they work using Vodafones gigabit, ultra-low-latency, gigabit 5G network.
Mobile carrier EE has worked with Chinese AR company Nreal to exclusively launch its Nreal Air glasses in the UK, which can connect with smartphones for streaming video content and playing games. Nreal has launched the beta of the Steam on Nreal, offering customers a way to transfer video games from a PC to the AR glasses. The customers of Steam on Nreal are shown here. Couch gaming is about to get much better thanks to the impending launch of Steam on Nreal, a new streaming application that brings your Steam library to your nreal Light AR glasses. Nreal announced today that Steam support for the smart AR glasses is now in beta, allowing PC gamers to bring their favourite Steam games to their AR glasses.
Even better, smart glasses maker Nreal has created a new augmented reality headset called Nreal Light, which can project objects in 3D space, and can be used for playing video games, including games made with the Unreal Engine. The smart glasses, Nreal Light, provide consumers an affordable, high-quality AR and mixed reality experience, with a complex understanding of the wearers surrounding environment thanks to the glasses Six Degrees of Freedom (6DOF) tracking, plane detection, and image tracking. If you would like to develop AR experiences for Nreal Light, you can order the Nreal Light developer kit here. At the forefront of the active development of consumer-oriented mixed reality headsets since 2017, Nreals flagship product, Nreal Light, is a lightweight, easy-to-wear pair of mixed reality glasses with industry-leading large screens and vibrant displays.
Since debuting its flagship product at Nreal early 2019, Nreal has stood out through awards including Best Start-Up at CES and Best In-Show at Augmented World Expo (AWE). Nreal is one of the leading AR glasses companies in the world, currently being the only one to have launched a product that is consumer-ready. We appreciate the excitement surrounding the way Chinese competitors are reinvigorating the AR/MR industry, and we have continued working to work on developing consumer-friendly, innovative solutions, including making it possible for our Nreal lights to be powered by smartphones. The launch may broaden Chinese augmented reality company Nreals software ecosystem, and provide even more things to do with the pairs surprisingly nice--but still limited--early AR glasses.
At launch, we will find out whether the gamble by Chinese start-up Nreal to make such an accessible headset was a winning one. The companys new smartglasses, Nreal Air, were just announced, and they are set to become available later this year. The Nreal Air does not feature motion tracking at all, since Nreal is expecting that Air to mostly be used to stream shows and play mobile games. The Nreal Air uses an OLED display embedded into the goggles, which can be used to project videos, which are displayed on an Imax-sized virtual screen of 201 inches before the wearer.
The Nreal Air offers a very high resolution and pixel density (49PPD) and many comfortable configurations, so users can enjoy watching their favourite movies for hours at a time on the gigantic screen in the augmented reality movie theater in the house or outdoors. To put it simply, customers can already play video games on their augmented reality glasses, by accessing Xbox Cloud Gaming in the browser within a companys 3D system called Nebula. It will be joining Nebula platform from Nreal, along with options to stream titles from Xbox Cloud Gaming via various streaming video apps. The Vodafone 5G Reality AR app will be completely free from Googles Play Store, and users will access and engage with Vodafone 5G Reality AR via Nebula, Nreals in-house 3D lighting glasses system.
AR glasses owners will be able to cast these, as well as other games, straight from the PC onto a set of glasses. In the US, it was reported that Nreal Light will work with Samsungs Galaxy S21 series of 5G, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G, the Galaxy S20 FE 5G UW, Galaxy S20 5G UW, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G, and OnePlus 8 5G UW. Snaps prototyping of AR glasses, or glasses such as The Nreal Light, shows just how much work is still needed for AR glasses to become something that you will even consider buying.
Again, the problem is the confusion of customers, which is the issue of Lawyer Panic here, and Epic Games is concerned people are confusing augmented reality company Nreals smartglass products with their Unreal Engine & game branding. Epic Games believes Nreal, a smartglass maker, is already guilty of trademark infringement, and because it lists Unreal a one of the development platforms it could use to create games for Nreal Light, that is just creating confusion. In a 2019 report from Next Reality, Epic Games moved to stop smartglasses manufacturer Nreal from using the name before they can open up shop in the United States, but it appears that the two are trying to work things out outside the courts.