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Luther Weymann

The "era of facial computing...is here" No it's not.
Are they going to sell swim fins with those? iFins anyone?
These hardware companies are desperate to come up with something worthwhile to sell.
This ain't it.

Martin K.

> With it's $3499 price tag, it will not target gamers or virtual world fans, but wealthy individuals who expect the product to be useful in a work / productivity context.

Another way to look at it might be that for that price tag, people expect AAA content. And there just isn't enough AAA content for AR and VR - but there is lots of 2D AAA content.

By the way: I would not be surprised if the Rec Room app for Apple VisionPro is a 2D flat-screen version based on the iPad version.

Adeon Writer

It's got nothing to do with virtual worlds or the metaverse, or even VR for that matter. Additionally, I don't know a single person who actually wants one. But make no mistake: It'll be all anyone talks about anyway.

Nadeja

I think I'd like an iPad or a portable computer with a virtual screen as wide as you want, and that leaves your hands free. There is a chance they nailed it.
You know the last famous words: the iPhone was "nothing new", the iPad "just an oversized iPod", and yet...
Indeed it's not just yet another VR/AR headset, but it looks like a way of interacting with the 2D interface as you say.

I don't know if it's going the be the leader of a new paradigm in portable computing or if it's going to flop because it seems bulky or because of fearing of looking silly or whatever, until they make one looking like sunglasses (at office, and if all your colleagues use these, you won't care so much, though), but I can see there is some potential here.

As for the price, it is about the same as Hololens 2 when it was released in 2019; but I think you are right, it will take a while before affordable models for the average consumer will be available (and hopefully shaped like sunglasses!).

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