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Palmer Luckey calls new AR HMD Magic Leap the 'Tragic Heap' in exhaustive blog review

It appears Luckey is not impressed.


Palmer Luckey took to his personal blog to do a bit of research and reviewing of the upcoming Magic Leap One headset, and let's just say his impressions aren't so positive. The lengthy blog post, which Luckey has used to run down everything he thinks about the device (and we mean everything) defines the unit as a "tragic heap," like his blog title says, which is a hilarious joke that we're sure he's had in his pocket for quite some time. But it doesn't bode well for the product, of course, which is disappointing for anyone who was looking forward to trying it out.

Luckey calls the device " less of a functional developer kit and more of a flashy hype vehicle that almost nobody can actually use in a meaningful way" and asserts that it "does not deliver on almost any of the promises that allowed them to monopolize funding in the AR investment community." That's just the first paragraph.

You can read the full blog here, but essentially it all boils down to a problem with most of the system's components, its controllers, and the Lightpack "hockey puck" – though Luckey says that it's the "best part of the device by far." The rest of his assertions are quite damning, but until you can get your hands on one to try it for yourself, you might want to reserve judgement. Though if you were going to take someone's opinion as relevant in this situation, you might want to be in Luckey's corner, given his Oculus ties and all.

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