Nreal brings Steam to AR and hosts a hackathon

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Nreal will continue to evolve 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 a consumer-ready product. Alongside Steam on Nreal, the hardware manufacturer is hosting its first public hackathon event called AR Jam.

The two currently available products, Nreal Light and Nreal Air, use a proprietary 3D display system called Nebula. Owners can already access Xbox Cloud Gaming through browser access on both Nebula powered devices.

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 environment. With Steam on Nreal, users now have even better access to games.

The beta requires a bit of work during the setup process. And Nreal is very aware that not every Steam game out there might work. But Dirt Rally and the entire Halo series work flawlessly. AR glasses owners can stream these and other games directly from a PC to glasses.

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

This is the 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 features $100,000 in cash prizes. Additionally, Nreal is in the process of establishing a dedicated content fund to support AR content development.

“We have always focused on creating consumer-ready AR experiences using 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 passionate AR projects.”

Development teams can compete in one of a few categories, including: home fitness, art, gaming, video (focusing on Nebula’s multi-screen functionality), and port (transforming existing apps into the AR environment). Some bonus categories also include NFT Galleries, Students, and Multiplayer/Social/Networks.

Winners in each category will receive a whopping $10,000 prize. Second and third place winners will also be awarded. Everyone who earns an honorable mention will receive a Nreal Light dev kit for free. As if that weren’t enough, the event’s judges will award additional cash prizes for creative flair.

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