Viture One XR glasses just got more on Kickstarter than the Oculus Rift

When the original Oculus Rift landed on Starter, he managed to raise over $2.43 million. But now there’s a new name in town, at least when it comes to futuristic games.

The Window One Mixed reality (XR) glasses let you play games or watch movies from virtually anywhere – and it just topped the original Oculus Rift’s amazing fundraising effort on Kickstarter.

Viture, a San Francisco-based startup, was founded by veterans of Google and Apple, and it managed to raise over $2.4 million on Kickstarter in just a month and a half, well exceeding the target initial funding of $20,000.

Just over 4,000 people support these new AR glasses, a far cry from the 9,522 who backed the original Oculus Rift campaign. Why the difference? Well, the Oculus Kickstarter offered many smaller support tiers that started at just $15 and only included one poster for support. Viture’s campaign begins with pledges at $429, which includes the product itself.

The Viture One itself was intentionally designed to look like a stylish pair of sunglasses. The idea is that it’s meant to be something people would want to wear on a daily basis, unlike a heavy VR headset. Viture has teamed up with design firm Layer to help create the actual look of the glasses, which come in three color options: black, blue and white.

The two lenses combine to form a 120-inch 1080p virtual screen. Viture claims the pixel density is equivalent to a Mac Retina display (300 pixels to 400 pixels per inch) and the image quality surpasses any VR headset.

The lenses also contain an electrochromic film that adjusts to the environment. This electrochromic film has two modes: immersive and ambient. Immersive allows the virtual screen to take up most of your field of vision. Ambient mode minimizes the screen to the bottom corner so you can see the real world.

For nearsighted people who already wear glasses, the Viture One actually includes a dial to adjust the lens prescription down to -5.0.

The glasses can be combined with a special neck strap that powers the glasses and contains a control pad for the Android-based operating system. Viture touts that the neckband weighs just 170 grams, making it lighter than the Bose Soundwear and Sony SRS-NS7.

Sound-wise, there are directional speakers built into the stems of the goggles to provide private sound. Virture says it partnered with a “prestigious speaker company” to design the audio, though it didn’t specify the name of the company.

Viture One XR glasses showing the internal speakers.

Outside of the hardware, the biggest feat of the Viture One is being able to stream games and media from anywhere using Wi-Fi or cellular.

Console games can be streamed using remote play apps such as PlayStation Remote Play and Xbox Cloud Gaming. The Viture One includes support for Xbox and PlayStation controllers. PC games can also be streamed using apps such as Steam Link, AMD Link, Rainway, Parsec, or Shadow.

Because it runs on Android, popular streaming apps like Apple TV+, Disney+, and HBO Max come preinstalled. The company mentions that even 3D movies are supported.

For Switch owners, there’s a separate attachment that acts as both an HDMI dock and a battery. There’s even a “multiplayer mode” that allows two pairs of Viture One glasses to play on the same Switch using both JoyCons.

Connecting the switch to the Viture One docking station.

Finally, the Viture One is compatible with any USB-C device with video output. This would include Android smartphones, USB-C iPads, Macs, laptops, and even the Steam Deck.

Pricing starts at $429 for the Early Bird promises and includes the glasses only. You’ll have to move up to $529 for the choker to be included. Those who want it all, including the dock, will have to shell out at least $629. Viture says the helmet will retail for $549.

Viture plans to ship the first units to backers in October this year.

Obviously, while the idea and the concept itself sound exciting, the Kickstarter claims are just that. Claims. All of the same suggested crowdfunding rules apply here, so we’ll have to see if the Viture One lives up to those claims.

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