New AR headset from Magic Leap will ship in Q4 2021
The CEO of Magic Leap, Peggy Johnson, spoke to the audience at the Future Investment Initiative (FII) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia this past week to speak about her time as their new CEO. During the speech slides displayed on screen mentioned new details and updates about their new headset.
Like we mentioned, Johnson did not directly speak about the new headset but from slides displayed during the talk, we can discern some new details about the upcoming headset. The new headset will be 50% smaller, 20% lighter, with 100% increase in FOV and early access for the headset will begin in Q4 2021.
The current headset sold by Magic Leap weighs around 300g, so the new headset will be smaller and weigh roughly 250g. This isn’t a major change, but for those who were affected by it, it will be a welcome one.
The FOV for the first gen headset is an estimated horizontal FOV of 40 degrees, a vertical FOV of 30 degrees, and a FOV diagonal of 50 degrees all presented in a 4:3 aspect ratio. The claim of 100% increase in FOV is interesting because they have not provided any further info on the subject and how the increase will affect it. It will probably be a 100% increase in overall surface area.
These are not the most impressive upgrades, but they could soon be one of the most popular on the market if they attempted to reduce the price along side the size of the headset. These smaller and more niche products seem to still have an enterprise focus and like Microsoft HoloLens, they will remain there if the price does not drop.