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Viture XR Glasses (Dock Pack) Review

Christopher Coke Posted:
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Who doesn’t dream of having a big screen TV from time to time? A home theater experience to enjoy your favorite games and movies on. But, unless you’re swimming in money, investing in a 120-inch OLED is probably out of reach. That is, until now. The Viture XR Glasses Dock Pack provides you with your own personal big screen experience, all housed within a stylish pair of sunglasses. It features 3D, the clearest and brightest virtual screen we’ve experienced yet, and with the help of the Mobile Dock, can easily connect to any device with HDMI or USB Type-C video output. 

It isn’t cheap, but it’s the first virtual screen we’ve encountered that could actually replace a TV and is the rare VR/AR product that actually delivers on all of its marketing hype. If you don’t mind donning a pair of specs, these glasses can save you big time versus buying a new TV and are almost sure to impress you with how good they actually are.

Specifications

  • Current Price: 
  • XR Glasses: $439 (Viture
  • Dock Pack, Inc. Mobile Dock: $568 (Viture

The Glasses

  • Dimensions
    • Glasses (folded): 163.0(L) x 47.7(W) x 53.7(H) (mm)
    • Case: 186.0(L) x 76.0(W) x 76.0(H)(mm)
  • Weight
    • Glasses Weight: 78g
    • Case Weight: 280g
  • Myopia: Diopter Adjustment: 0.00D~-5.00D
  • Micro OLED Display
    • Resolution: 1920(H) x 1080(V) pixel RGB per eye
    • Contrast Ratio: 5000:1
    • Colors: 16.7M
    • PPD: 55
    • IPD: 57.5-69.5mm
    • 2D/3D: Yes
    • Binocular Fusion: Yes
    • FOV: 43°
    • Brightness: 1800 nit
  • Brightness Control: 7 levels
  • Audio
  • Acoustic System: Inverse sound field
  • Speakers: Built-in spatial sound
  • F0: 270 Hz ± 40
  • Electrochromic Films: 
    • Optical Transmittance: 6-30%
    • Haze: <1%
    • Discoloration Time: 2 secs
  • Wearing Experience
    • Wear Detection: Yes
    • Wearing Time Suggested: 3~4 hrs
  • Connection: Magnetic pogo pin
  • Additions: USB-C to Magnetic Connector Cable, 1.1m(L)
  • Nose Pads: 1, 2, 3, 4

The Mobile Dock

  • Dimensions
    • Mobile Dock: 162.4(L) x 90.4(W) x 16.0(H) (mm)
    • Weight: Dock Weight: 361g
  • Control: Volume: Volume Control (when Connected to Glasses)
  • Connectivity
    • HDMI: Yes
    • USB-C1: Support PD 2.0, DP 1.2, 20W, Support DP, HDCP 1.3, Support Switch, Steam Deck
    • USB-C2: Connect to Glasses, Enable DP
    • USB-C3: Connect to Glasses, Enable DP
  • Battery: Cell Capacity: 13,000 mAh
  • Battery Life
    • 6hrs (Switch);
    • 3hrs (Steam Deck);
    • 9hrs (HDMI)
  • Additions: USB-C to USB-C Cable: (0.2m)
  • Glasses Compatible Devices
    • Mobile Dock Compatible Devices (HDMI/USB Type-C)
    • Nintendo Switch

Viture XR Dock Pack - What Is It?

Viture is a relatively new player in the VR/AR space. It launched its first product, the Viture One, on Kickstarter just over a year ago. From that, the world was introduced to the Viture XR glasses and Mobile Dock, which we have today. Make no mistake: even though the Viture XR glasses are a first product, it feels nothing like a first attempt. And even though they exist in the same space as VR headsets, this is much closer to Augmented Reality… and it does it well. 

The Viture XR glasses are stylish shades with tiny projectors built into the frame, turning each lens into a tiny monitor. Rather than take up your whole field of view, the glasses render a giant, high-res screen in the middle of your room. It’s the equivalent of a 120-inch screen viewed from three meters away and it looks glorious. 

Each eye has a native 1080p resolution. In the age of 2K and 4K per-eye VR headsets, that might not seem like a lot, but when compressed down into the actual screen you’ll be playing on, the result is one of the absolutely clearest virtual displays we’ve ever seen. This is especially true with text, which is perfectly readable and not at all hazy in the center of your vision (there’s a minor amount of lens vignetting around the edges, but it’s still readable). Whether you’re connected with your PC, game console, Steam Deck, Nintendo Switch, or even your smartphone, the image is crisp, bright, and delicious.

One of the reasons it’s so good — and believe me, you’ll be surprised at just how convincing its screen actually is — is because of the display technology it uses. Rather than opt for a traditional IPS display, Viture utilizes a Micro OLED display. OLED panels use self-emissive pixels, which means each can be independently controlled for brightness, right to the point of turning off entirely. The brightness also extends all the way to 1800 nits for exceptional dynamic range, contrast, and vibrancy. Visually, it’s a treat for the eyes and outstanding for gaming.

The lenses also provide a sense of dimensional depth. Playing Diablo 4, it feels almost as if you’re hovering above the character versus looking through the in-game character. When connected directly to a device rather than the mobile dock, you can even enable true 3D with support for SBS video. With the most recent firmware, you can also enable a 3DoF feature which locks the screen in place so you can move and turn without the screen moving with you. 

Right now, there’s no way to adjust the size or distance of the screen. Instead, positioning is handled by removable nose clips to ensure the lenses stay at the perfect height. From there, you’ll also need to adjust the diopter dials on the top to focus the image for each eye. 

There are two controls on the left arm of the glasses: a rocker and a multi-function button. The rocker controls volume and brightness while the button powers the glasses on and off, enables or disables 3D and 3DoF, and can be tapped to darken the lenses’ electrochromic films. This is useful in brighter environments where what you’re seeing around the screen can be distracting. Viture also sells a clip on shade to completely block on the lens.

On the right arm is a set of pogo pins that connect to the glass’s USB cable. It’s magnetic and snaps right into place. 

Embedded into both arms are directional speakers that are impressively immersive. They’re directional and create a sense of sound occurring around you, not unlike those in the Meta Quest. It’s full-bodied and sounds great (the speakers were developed in collaboration with HARMAN) while also not bleeding much sound at all. 

The Dock Pack includes a very useful Mobile Dock that doubles as a battery pack and adds core functionality. While looking like a large power bank, a series of I/O ports allows you to connect any full-size HDMI source, up to two pairs of glasses, and a PD charger for unlimited playtime, or a USB Type-C video source. There are also optional brackets that can be placed on the Steam Deck or Nintendo Switch to mount the dock right on the back for handheld play, extending the console's battery life in the process. Over HDMI, the Mobile Dock can last for up to nine hours between charges, three hours with Steam Deck, or six hours with the Switch.

Viture XR Dock Pack -  Performance 

Listen, if you've been around the world of VR and AR for a while, you get used to companies over promising and under delivering. The rule of this sector is to take everything with a grain of salt.

So believe me when I say that the Viture XR glasses are one of the few products that absolutely deliver on their promises. The Viture XR glasses are surprisingly excellent and are genuinely surprising in the best of ways. 

With a native resolution of 1920x1080 in each eye, I expected screen door effect. I expected poor text clarity. And perhaps due to my own lack of experience with AR glasses versus full VR goggles, I expected the virtual screen to be hazy and see-through. 

My expectations were all wrong. Not only is there no screen door effect, the Viture XR presents the clearest virtual screen I've ever seen, beating my Valve Index easily. Text is crisper and easy to read. The screen itself isn't see-through at all and gets bright enough, and has deep enough contrast, that it doesn't just look good, it looks shockingly good. This is the rare product that doesn't just meet expectations, it leapfrogs them. 

That same experience applies to other aspects of the product too. The sound quality of the speakers built into its arms is impressive. Like the Meta Quest, it's full bodied and immersive. The sound also drops off sharply the minute you take them off, so while someone sitting next to you on the couch might be able to hear what you're playing, it's not as distracting as even a pair of open-back headphones. 

Setup is also extremely easy. To use the glasses on their own, you simply attach the USB Type-C cable to the glasses, which snaps in place with a magnet. Then you plug the USB end into your video source. My Android phone immediately detected it as an external display and launched Dex.

The Mobile Dock is absolutely worth investing in, even if it adds another layer in between. To connect there, you plug the glasses and the video source into the dock. The dock's built-in 13,000MAH battery powers the glasses, but you can also connect a PD charger for unlimited playtime. 

What really makes the dock special, though, are its extra inputs. It features a full-size HDMI to quickly connect to your PC or console (or anything with HDMI output) and a second port for a second pair of glasses so you and a friend can both watch the same virtual screen. For every piece, it is as simple as "plug in and go." The glasses and dock do the rest. 

The Dock Pack isn't perfect, however. The controls are pretty limited. The glasses let you control brightness and volume with the rocker, and power, 3DoF mode, and 3D mode with the multifunction button. There are also the per-eye adjustments above each lens. It would have been great to have a way to adjust the distance or size of the virtual screen like you can with many VR virtual displays. 

But that limitation only matters to the point of changing the nose clip. The XR comes with four tips of increasing height to make sure the entire screen is in your field of view. 

There's also a bit of fuzziness around the edges of the screen that's a byproduct of the lenses, very close to what you'll find with a PC VR headset. It's not bad, especially considering how crisp and readable it is overall, but it's worth noting that Viture hasn't completely cracked the clarity nut, even though they've made big strides. 

It's also worth noting that the glasses won't do high refresh rates, and if you have amblyopia (lazy eye), the lenses could create a bit of double vision (though this will vary person to person). If you wear glasses, you'll want to invest in the prescription lens add-on so that you can avoid this and experience its excellent virtual screen to its fullest. 

Final Thoughts

The Viture XR Dock Pack truly surprised me. It is one of the only VR/AR products I've tested that I feel could genuinely replace a television. Playing Diablo 4 and Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom on it was shocking in the best possible way. This is a truly excellent product, and one that leaves me excited to see exactly what Viture does next.

The product described in this article was provided by the manufacturer for evaluation purposes.

9.0Amazing
Pros
  • Outstanding clarity
  • Great, open sound
  • Widely compatible (great with Switch and Steam Deck)
  • Mobile Dock adds portability
  • Easy to set up and use
Cons
  • Mobile Dock can be a bit bulky
  • Potential issues with amblyopia
  • Limited controls


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Christopher Coke

Chris cut his teeth on MMOs in the late 90s with text-based MUDs. He’s written about video games for many different sites but has made MMORPG his home since 2013. Today, he acts as Hardware and Technology Editor, lead tech reviewer, and continues to love and write about games every chance he gets. Follow him on Twitter: @GameByNight