Magic Leap Will Demo in Select AT&T Stores, Ships This Year

The Magic Leap One headset.                  Screenshot by Scott Stein  CNET

"AT&T is excited to pair our pioneering technologies, unmatched network, content platform, and vast customer ecosystem with Magic Leap's efforts to build the next generation of computing", said AT&T Communications CEO John Donovan, who has observer rights with Magic Leap's board. That's more specific than what the company had previously said, which was before the end of 2018, but still not specific enough as there's no date. That would make it more powerful than Nintendo's Switch video game console, which runs on the Tegra X1.

The deal will likely have Magic Leap One relying on AT&T's 5G network, though the device is also expected to work over Wi-Fi. The makers explained during yesterday's livestream (embedded below) that one of those ARM cores will be dedicated to game/app logic while the other will feed the GPU.

That's not all, either.

Magic Leap One promises to lay virtual objects over the real world in an experience more advanced than other headsets including HoloLens.

It's important to note that this agreement is for consumer devices, not the Creator Edition, which is aimed at developers.

Why it matters: Partnering with AT&T gives Magic Leap a proven U.S. distributor and another injection of cash, no doubt helpful during what has proven to be a lengthy pre-launch phase.

AT&T is investing in Magic Leap, the ultra-secretive mixed reality company that has kept its upcoming product largely under wraps.

There'll be full support for Vulkan (which is recommended by Magic Leap), OpenGL 4.5 and OpenGL ES 3.1. There's no word yet on pricing, but if the Magic Leap One Creator Edition is truly coming out in the next couple months we can expect that kind of information to be available shortly. The user controls the AR elements using hand gestures, such as a pinching motion for selecting.

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