Magic Leap pledges 500 free headsets to developers

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Magic Leap has pledged to give away 500 creator edition headsets for Unreal Engine development.

Announced at Unreal Engine Build: Detroit ‘19, the mixed reality headset giveaway is the first partner initiative of Epic MegaGrants, the Unreal Engine maker’s $100 million support programme.

The programme aims to support media and entertainment creators, game developers, enterprise professionals, students, educators and tools developers in working with Unreal Engine or enhancing open-source capabilities for three-dimensional (3D) graphics.

Simon Jones, director of Unreal Engine enterprise at Epic Games, said: “We’re thrilled that Magic Leap is offering their support to the Epic MegaGrants programme with this generous giveaway of 500 Magic Leap One Creator Edition devices, which offer incredible opportunities to explore applications from digital humans to product design.”

“The option to receive this hardware as part of an Epic MegaGrant means that more of the funds can be available to spend in other areas, so developers have more financial flexibility and freedom to create.”

Developers building Unreal Engine spatial computing applications across industries can apply now to receive their Magic Leap One devices free of charge.

Magic Leap pledges 500 free headsets to developers

There is no deadline, with grants awarded on a rolling basis and hardware available on a first-come, first-served basis, based on project merit.

Rio Caraeff, chief content officer at Magic Leap, said: “The Epic MegaGrants programme allows developers to pursue new goals and raise the bar for what they can accomplish, and we’re glad to support that mission by making Magic Leap One Creator Edition available to creators working in the spatial computing arena.”

“Putting these devices directly into the hands of promising developers, along with the financial grant from Epic, will help accelerate the industry and lead to new innovation.”

The Magic Leap One Creator Edition is currently available online, in select AT&T stores, and at AT&T online for $2,295.

Image credits: Magic Leap