These VR glasses transform your handheld device into a 201-inch screen for gaming

Not exactly an apples-to-apples comparison, but they're cheaper than Meta's VR glasses
  • The XReal Air VR glasses project a massive 201-inch screen right in front your eyes
  • They’re designed to work with gaming devices as well as smartphones
  • They also have prescription inserts

Published on Apr 15, 2024 at 7:09PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Apr 15, 2024 at 7:13PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Tom Wood
XReal Air lead image

These are the XReal Air VR glasses, and they’re designed to make a ‘portable’ gaming experience feel a lot more cinematic.

They project a massive screen that gamers can use to play or watch a movie, and there’s something else that makes them special.

Specifically, it’s an additional feature that tells you the company was really thinking everything through.

READ MORE: Mark Zuckerberg shows off the Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses in action

The tech market is moving on at a fast rate and it seems there’s growing demand for two things in particular, VR/AR headsets, and gaming devices.

When it comes to gaming, it’s fair to say that Sony and Nintendo are still leading the pack, with the PlayStation Portal and the Switch respectively.

The situation is a lot more complex when it comes to VR glasses.

On one hand, we’ve got the Meta Quest and Apple Vision Pro, which are a lot more than just glasses.

But on the other hand, we also have options such as the Ray-Ban Meta glasses which, in a way, are a totally different product.

The XReal Air (formerly known as NReal Air) glasses probably fall under the same category as the Ray-Ban Meta because they’re not a standalone product, in that they’re designed to work in tandem with your handheld device.

The idea is pretty straightforward, you simply connect them to your device, and an ultra-realistic 201-inch, 1920×1080 screen will appear right before your eyes.

By the way, you can also connect these to a phone or your laptop via a USB-C port, so you can watch OTT content such as Netflix or Prime Video as well.

Speakers are built into each earpiece, too, so there’s no need to use your earbuds or headphones.

There’s one last thing we should mention, and that’s the fact these glasses support prescription inserts, meaning people can wear them while also wearing prescription glasses.

And the price? The model we tried is no longer in production because it’s from when they were still marketed as ‘NReal’ rather than XReal.

Having said that, an equivalent version today would set you back $299.

It’s not exactly an apples-to-apples comparison but, for what it’s worth, that makes them cheaper than Zuckerberg’s VR glasses.

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