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The differences between Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR)

What is the difference between virtual reality, mixed reality and augmented reality? Read it in our VR Blog about virtual, mixed and augmented reality & applications of the headsets.

Virtual Reality
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Virtual Reality

What is Virtual Reality?

Virtual reality (VR) implies a complete immersion experience that excludes the physical world. Using VR devices such as HTC Vive, Oculus Rift or Google Cardboard, users can be transported into a number of realistic and imagined environments, such as in the middle of a swirling penguin colony or even on the back of a dragon.

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Augmented Reality
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Augmented Reality

What is Augmented Reality?

Augmented reality (AR) often adds digital elements to a live view by using the camera on a smartphone. Examples of augmented reality experiences are Snapchat lenses and the game Pokemon Go.

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Mixed Reality
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Mixed Reality

What is Mixed Reality?

In a mixed reality (MR) experience, which combines elements of both AR and VR, real-world and digital objects interact. Mixed Reality technology is just starting to take off with Microsoft's Hololens, one of the most well-known and first mixed reality devices.

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SituationVirtual RealityAugmented RealityMixed Reality
Does it replace the real world? Yes No No
Can the user interact with the real and virtual world? No Yes Yes
Can the real and virtual world interact with each other? No No Yes
Does it move with your field of vision? Yes Yes No
Diederik Hermsen- XR Product Specialist

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