Magic Leap is shipping across (most of) the USOctober 10, 2018
As Magic Leap holds the first developer conference for its Magic Leap One mixed reality headset, that headset has started shipping across the contiguous United States, instead of in a set of select markets. The Magic Leap One Creator Edition costs $2,295, just like before, but there’s now an installment plan that starts at $96 per month. All orders are supposed to arrive within 60 days.
The Magic Leap One Creator Edition went on sale in early August, and while Magic Leap has touted it as a fully functional device, it’s basically meant for people who want to design apps, games, or art for mixed reality. We were ambivalent toward the hardware, which we found limited, and we noted that Magic Leap hadn’t shown off a lot of material that showcased its potential.
The company’s developer conference keynote has revealed several new projects. Among other things, Spider-Man studio Insomniac Games is building an experience that will let you grow a holographic creature on your tabletop, and Andy Serkis teased a mixed reality recording of musical The Grinning Man, which is based on the Victor Hugo novel The Man Who Laughs.
We’ve also learned that Magic Leap will soon start shipping prescription lens inserts for its headsets, which was announced at launch. And it will add support for dual controllers, supposedly in the first quarter of 2019. (Road to VR has some more detail about the road map.) This won’t make much of an immediate difference to the vast majority of people, but anything that makes the headset more attractive to developers makes it more likely that we’ll see something interesting enough to justify consumers buying it.