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Steam games are coming to Nreal’s augmented reality glasses

Nreal users can now play select Steam games on their augmented reality glasses. The Chinese company has released the beta version of “Steam on Nreal”, which allows users to stream games from their PC to their AR glasses. Nreal admits that installing the beta version will require some effort during the installation process, and the current version is not yet optimized for all Steam games. It will work on both Nreal Light and Nreal Air models, and it already supports some popular titles like the set Halo series.

Of note, users can already play games on Nreal’s glasses by accessing Xbox Cloud Gaming on a browser inside the company’s 3D system called Nebula. But Steam on Nreal will give users who don’t have an Xbox account the ability to see what the game would look like on the device. Company co-founder Peng Jin said the beta is “meant to give people a taste of what’s possible.” He added, “AAA games should be played on a 200-inch HD screen and they should be played without location restrictions.”

Nreal launched its Light mixed reality glasses in 2020 after a US court ruled in its favor in the lawsuit filed by Magic Leap. The American company accused its former employee Chi Xu of using stolen secrets to create Nreal, but the court ruled that Magic Leap made no viable claims. In 2021, Nreal launched a new model called Air which was designed with streaming shows and mobile games in mind. Air looks more like a regular pair of sunglasses than its predecessor, and it also comes with a better display.

In a bid to offer more content and perhaps entice those on the fence to grab a pair of its glasses, Nreal has also announced AR Jam, an international online competition for AR developers that will kick off on the 27th. June. Developers can compete in various categories that include home fitness, art, games, and video, each having a grand prize of $10,000. Those interested can head to the company’s Developer page for more information.