Choosing the right AR/VR headset to use for Spatial:
Spatial's Supported Headsets: the Microsoft HoloLens 1, Hololens 2, Oculus Quest, Nreal and Magic Leap headsets.
These headsets all work cross-platform! You can meet together joined from any of them you have access to. Spatial even works on your phone with ARCore, as well as right on your desktop via our web app.
That being said, the main experience, the real deal, is via immersive AR/VR technology headsets.
So which one is the best? That depends on a number of factors such as cost, use case, and personal preference. We love all of our partners equally! So, I’ve listed out some quick info and resources below:
- The Quest - If you’re thinking, “hey this is a VR headset”, you’re right! The only VR headset we support.
- Owned by Facebook, Oculus is known for making great VR devices, and Quest is special because it is a non-tethered, all-in-one, stand alone device that has sensors and tracking! Spatial works very closely with the Oculus team to ensure that the VR version of Spatial is awesome!
- Why VR? If you’re into total immersion in a virtual environment and don’t want to see the real world around you.
- Two controllers allows for you to have more familiar gaming level input into your virtual space, some people find this easier.
- VR might look crisper to you — when not being compared to the world around you, your brain only needs virtual objects to render at 90 frames per second. If you want to discuss motion to photon latency in AR vs. VR I am happy to.
- PRICE: $399, certainly the cheapest option for access to Spatial.
- Buy a Quest
- Nreal headset is available for pre-order now
- Spatial is partnered with them along with Deutsche Telekom and LG Uplus
- Can be easily plugged into a phone or a puck
- Most lightweight solution Spatial supports
- Very high graphic quality with hand tracking coming soon
- Consumer cost is $499
- Microsoft’s first AR headset, the HoloLens 1, has been around for over 4 years — and is still quite an impressive device considering. You may be able to get yourself one second-hand, but it is no longer for sale. If not don’t worry.
- Luckily, the HoloLens 2 is making its debut this Fall. It is really powerful, and a huge upgrade from the HoloLens 1.
- It has a wider field of view (FOV), improved hand tracking, eye tracking, and a much more intuitive user interface. In short, it is the latest and greatest in AR technology.
- Price: $3,500 per device. However Microsoft has deals where you can rent the device for $125 a month.
- Check out their pricing models.
- Pre-order your HoloLens2/s.
- Magic Leap is well known for its early super secrecy
- They released the long-awaited Magic Leap One in 2018 and it’s really great. Its tracking is phenomenal and form factor is fairly small. The Magic Leap 1 is accompanied by a pocket computer so that the device on your head is less heavy than it otherwise would be.
- The Magic Leap 1 also has one controller. We will integrate their hand tracking in due time.
- You can get prescription lenses!
- Price: $2295 for a personal device and different developer bundles
- Order an Enterprise Magic Leap One, or ask to be connected directly with a Magic Leap sales rep.
Stay tuned to see which headsets we will start supporting in 2020!