Xreal has announced a new pair of AR glasses which pack some noteworthy new features to align them with not only the Apple Vision Pro but also the Meta Quest 3 (when it comes to mixed reality). The Xreal Air Ultra 2 are expected to launch in March and will cost $699.
The new Xreal Air Ultra 2 features six degrees of freedom (6DOF) while also maintaining the iconic sunglasses-styled design. This new 6DOF allows the user to experience TV watching or playing flat-screen games on a projected screen while also running immersive AR apps on the display at the same time.
Xreal says the new Air Ultra 2 enables spatial computing. The addition of external 3D cameras also allows the device to map the environment around you while also enabling hand-tracking. Xreal is hoping that developers build apps and experiences that blend the physical space around users with the digital world. This is an improvement over the traditional overlayed app or game which were simply displayed on the previous models.
The Xreal Air Ultra 2 also come with an improved field of view. This is now increased to 52 degrees compared to the 46 degrees in the Air 2. The display features 500 nits of brightness and a 1080p screen for each eye. The panels can work at up to 120Hz. The glasses also weigh 120 grams. Up from 80 grams on the Air 2.
The new Air Ultra 2 can also be plugged into a range of devices including macOS, iPhone, Windows and Android. When using macOS, Android and Windows, the unit supports Xreal’s Nebula AR environment.
Xreal says the company is starting to expand the support for its products to new regions around the world. However, even with the limited release of previous products, the company managed to ship 350,000 pairs of glasses to date. So the uptake has been great so far. The Air 2 is only available in very limited regions including the US, UK, China, Japan, Korea, France, Germany, Italy and the Czech Republic. Xreal is hoping to add more countries to that list soon.
The Air 2 Ultra, on the other hand, will only be available to developers from March and those interested in the new tech. A global launch will take place at a later date. You can pre-order them on the official website starting today.