Nreal Brings Steam to AR and Hosts a Hackathon TechRadar

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Nreal will advance its native AR cloud gaming experiences with the “Steam on Nreal” beta. Nreal is one of the world’s leading AR glasses companies and is currently the only company to have launched an off-the-shelf product. In addition to Steam on Nreal, the hardware maker is hosting its first public hackathon event, called AR Jam.

The two products currently available, the Nreal Light and the Nreal Air, use a proprietary 3D display system called Nebula. Owners can already access Xbox Cloud Gaming via browser access on either device using Nebula.

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Part of the problem with triple-A titles is that, for the most part, you need a huge screen. Nreal wants to bring the triple-A gaming experience to a more mobile setting. Now, with Steam on Nreal, users will have even greater access to games.

The beta version requires a bit of work during the installation process. And Nreal is very clear that not all Steam games may work. But Dirt Rally and the whole Halo series work really well. Owners of AR glasses could stream these and other games directly from a PC to a set of glasses.

“We’re thrilled to be the first to integrate Steam into AR,” Nreal co-founder Peng Jin said in a statement to GamesBeat. “The beta is meant to give people a taste of what’s possible. After all, AAA games should be played on a 200″ HD screen and they should be played without location restrictions.

It’s beta. What is the hackathon?

The AR Jam is an international online competition that hopes to attract creative and passionate AR developers to its growing community. The hackathon is offering $100,000 in cash prizes. On top of that, Nreal is setting up a dedicated content fund to help with AR content development.

“We are always focused on creating consumer-ready AR experiences with breakthrough technology, to redefine the way we interact with information and content in our daily lives,” said Peng Jin. “With the AR Jam and Content Fund, Nreal demonstrates its commitment to supporting pioneering developers and their AR passion projects.”

Developer teams can compete in one of the few categories including: Home Fitness, Art, Games, Video (focusing on Nebula’s multi-screen functionality) and Port (converting existing apps into the AR environment). A few bonus categories also include NFT Galleries, Students, and Multiplayer/Social/Networks.

Winners in each category take home a net prize of $10,000. Prizes will also go to second and third place. Anyone who scores an honorable mention receives a free Nreal Light dev kit. If all that wasn’t enough, the event judges will award additional cash prizes for creative talent.

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