Portable gaming is huge in 2022, especially in the PC gaming space with hits like steam deck really showing us what these little machines can do. Being able to play anywhere with ease is a big win, but it has its downsides.
Tiny handheld games are convenient, but they’re also kind of small, and when it comes to screens, they’re not always enough for a full immersive experience. Of course, most handheld consoles and even the Steam Deck itself can be connected to a bigger screen, but that immediately takes away the portable part. Still, looking at a small curved screen can be quite uncomfortable, as we discovered when we took the Steam Deck traveling. This is where XR, also known as extended reality solutions, could be the next logical step.
Viture One is one such solution. is currently activated kickstarter and it looks quite promising. It’s a set of glasses that doubles as a 120-inch screen for the person wearing them. These are not smart glasses like Razer’s Anzu that gives notifications and other features, rather, they are specifically a portable, wearable monitor. It’s not an entirely new concept, but it’s one of the first I’ve seen designed specifically with gamers in mind.
The glasses can be connected to a device via a cable and also support 5G and WiFi connections. It also has the rights to be the first Android TV licensed wearable and is pre-loaded with video and game streaming services. It also supports remote playback so you can use your own hardware on the go. All on a virtual screen that you can wear like glasses that display 1080p video at 60fps and still give spatial sound.
The Viture One XR specs have some other cool features that make them more viable than other solutions like VR. Being able to switch between immersive and ambient modes lets you put what you’re watching on a small screen to one side, freeing up your view of the outside world that feels obligatory for use outside the home. Plus there’s even an adjustable toggle for the nearsighted among us who immediately looked at this and wondered if they would have to use double glazing to see.
Of course, not having gotten my hands on it, it’s hard to say how it works in person. There are several videos demonstrating the devices that look promising, but that’s exactly what marketing should do. Still, if it works as shown, I’m interested. In the video at the top of the article demonstrating usage on the Steam Deck specifically, once connected the screen was immediately transferred to the specs. Sounds like an easy and convenient solution, we hope it can live up to the hype.
For those interested, you can jump on Kickstarter, which still has a few options available at the time of writing. The cheapest will get you a set of Viture One glasses for $399 and is scheduled to ship in October 2022. But if you’re happy to wait and see how they fare, it looks like they’ll sell for around $2022. 549 when released.