Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus, the VR company, published a review of Magic Leap, the AR device that was released this summer.

This review, titled “Magic Leap is a Tragic Heap” already gives you a good idea of what he thinks of the new product.

He criticized the tracking, the bifocal display, and its general lack of any revolutionary additions.

He claimed the tracking and display weren’t nearly as good as what should have been offered:

“Mismatch occurs at all other depths.  In much the same way, a broken clock displays the correct time twice a day.”
“The tracking is good compared to most other players in the AR/VR industry, but worse than most of the big guys, including Hololens.  Expect jitter in ideal environments.  If you want a comparison, think halfway between PSVR and Rift.  The meshing system is good, but not nearly as fast as Hololens.”

He noted that the device was not offering anything very different from Microsoft’s Hololens:

“The supposed “Photonic Lightfield Chips” are just waveguides paired with reflective sequential-color LCOS displays and LED illumination, the same technology everyone else has been using for years, including Microsoft in their last-gen HoloLens”

He did have some appreciation for the product, noting that the FOV (field of view) was superior the hololens:

“Bi-focal abilities aside, the image quality is acceptable.  Have you seen Hololens?  Think that, but with slightly larger FOV.”

In short, he did say the product was a solid one, but did not match the hype the company had built over the years.

“Magic Leap needed to really blow people away to justify the last few years.  The product they put out is reasonably solid, but is nowhere close to what they had hyped up, and has several flaws that prevent it from becoming a broadly useful tool for development of AR applications.  That is not good for the XR industry.  It is slightly better than Hololens in some ways, slightly worse in others, and generally a small step past what was state of the art three years ago – this is more Hololens 1.1 than Consumer AR 1.0.  Consumer AR can’t happen without advancement, and it seems those advancements will be coming from other companies.  There is, of course, a chance that Magic Leap is sandbagging us; maybe the real deal is just behind the next curtain!  Past experience suggests otherwise…”

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