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The Magic Leap 2 launches on September 30 for $3,299

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The Magic Leap 2 headset will launch on September 30 for a starting price of $3,299. The mixed reality device is a smaller and lighter successor to the Magic Leap 2018 and, among other improvements, has a wider field of view, but also, as expected, a higher price.

Magic Leap has already distributed the Magic Leap 2 to a limited number of partners, including neurotech company SyncThink and other medical companies. In September, it will be available for general purchase in several markets, including the US (where it is sold through retail partner Insight), Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Launches in Japan and Singapore are planned for late 2022.

The headset comes in three packages, usually varying by software support and purpose. The $3,299 “Base” package includes the headset and a limited warranty. The $4,099 “Developer Pro” option adds development software tools and access to early software releases, but is limited to internal development – not full commercial implementation. The $4,999 “Enterprise” package includes quarterly software updates and tools to manage the deployment of the headsets in an organization.

All packs come with the Magic Leap 2 headset, the computer puck that powers it and the simple controller in remote. It’s the same basic size as the previous headset, which retailed for $2,295, but it’s been slimmed down and made lighter from 316 grams to 260 grams. It has a larger 70-degree field of view, which is still limited but significantly less boxy than its predecessor. Many Magic Leap 2 specs were: sketched in January – and Magic Leap has been talking about the device since 2019 – but you can find now the full hardware specifications on its product page.

Magic Leap still emphasizes that the headset is intended for use by businesses, not consumers. The company has expressed a willingness to re-enter the consumer market in the future, but after a gradual shift in focus between 2018 and 2020, there’s still no sign of that happening — which isn’t surprising. Even major consumer players like Apple and Meta have so far delayed revealing mass-market eyewear.

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