These OLED XR Glasses Makes Cyberpunk 2077 Look Stunning On The Steam Deck

As I predicted back in January, 2023 has been a massive year for advancements in gaming hardware. Handheld streaming consoles like the PlayStation Portal and Razer Edge have introduced new ways to play games, while the PSVR2 and Quest 3 are pushing VR in bold new directions. Perhaps my favorite new category of tech are XR glasses – wearable screens that allow you to watch and play on massive, 200” screens that only you can see. I’ve had the pleasure of testing out devices from all of the major competitors in the XR space, and while they all impress me for different reasons, the one I’m most impressed by, at least visually, is the RayNeo Air 2.


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TCL has been iterating with XR glasses for some time with the Nxtwear and RayNeo line, and the RayNeo Air 2 is the brand’s lightest, brightest, and most game-centric frame yet. The 76g glasses come equipped with dual micro OLED displays that simulate a 201” display with a 120 Hz refresh rate for crystal clear, high performance gaming. Of the three frames I’ve tested the Air 2 has by far the best image quality, but unfortunately just about everything else about it lags behind the competition.

The Air 2 is the most minimalist package you’ll find among XR glasses, which has both benefits and drawbacks. There’s only two buttons on the frame, a brightness control and a volume control, which have a few different functions depending on how long you hold down the button, including 3D and a discreet mode for more private listening (more on that later). There are no extra nose pieces for different sizes, you’re simply meant to bend the nose pads into shape, which gave me some anxiety about breaking them. The arms themselves can also be tilted up and down to find the right fit, and while it takes some considerable force and makes a nerve-racking sound akin to plastic snapping, I appreciate how straightforward it is to adjust the glasses. I wish the Viture One XR glasses were this easy to adjust.

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That’s all the functions the Air 2 offers. There’s no shade to cover the lenses like other XR glasses have, and the lenses don’t have any kind of multi-stage electrochromic dimming. I was concerned that the glasses wouldn’t be dark enough without some kind of extra tint, but luckily those worries were unfounded. I had no problem seeing the image clearly even in the brightest environments thanks to the 600 nit display. These puppies are ridiculously bright – much brighter than any of the other models I’ve tried that require additional shade to enjoy during the day. Considering I already lost one of the shade covers for the One XR, I think I like this approach better.

The glasses connect from the back of the right arm directly into your phone, tablet, or Steam Deck with a basic USB-C cable. As soon as I put them on, I was blown away by the image quality. Having tried other XR glasses, it was clear that the Air 2’s were on a whole other level, visually speaking. The image has incredible color clarity even on the dimmest settings, and there’s no screen door effect even though they only display at 1080p. They do have a tendency to crush the blacks, as all the XRs I’ve tested do, but I didn’t see any of the distracting color banding that usually happens in dark environments. If the best image quality available is your priority, I think the Air 2s are the ones to beat.

But that’s where the positive things I can say about these glasses end. The audio quality, I’m sorry to say, is atrocious. Every game I tested on the Steam Deck was way too quiet even at maximum volume. While I could hear things like dialogue, gun fire, and things happening in my immediate vicinity well enough, all the ambience was completely lost. You can tell how much of the soundscape you’re losing if you cup your ears to redirect the sound back towards you, and there’s so much you can’t hear wearing them normally. The discreet mode just dulls the audio and makes it even quieter.

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Testing videos on Netflix and YouTube presented the opposite problem. A sufficiently loud audio track will completely blow out the headsets speakers, causing them to rattle and sound overall terrible. I know there isn’t a lot of room in there for high-quality speakers, but the audio coming out of the Air 2 is basically worthless.

There’s some limitations to XR currently, and every brand has found different ways of addressing it. The Switch is still the most ubiquitous mobile console, but unfortunately its USB-C port isn’t equipped with video out, so an adapter is required. TCL’s solution is a battery-powered dock called a JoyDock that you mount your Switch and connect your glasses to.

I wasn’t provided a JoyDock for testing, but was instead given a totally different accessory: the Miracast Portable Adapter. This is a portable battery bank that’s meant to attach to your phone and has charge passthrough so you can keep your device plugged in while you use the glasses. It comes with a magnetic mounting bracket so you can attach it to the back of your phone like a wallet. There’s some elegance to the design, but in my test on two different tablets and a Samsung phone, the adapter simply doesn’t work.

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Rather than plug-and-play, TCL’s portable adapter requires you to download a Miracast app. The app didn’t work on any of the devices, so when everything is plugged in the glasses only display a “please connect your phone or tablet” screen. Virtue has a similar dock that works for all devices without needing to download any apps, so I’m not sure why a Miracast app is required here when plugging the glasses directly into your phone works just fine.

Needing multiple accessories to get the Air 2 to work with all your devices inhibits its portability significantly, especially when the Miracast app doesn’t work at all. The glasses are on sale for $299 as an early bird special, which is significantly cheaper than the other XR glasses I’ve tested, but trade-offs just aren’t worth it. There’s certainly room in the XR market for an entry-level device, but the RayNeo Air 2 would have to be significantly cheaper to justify what you’re losing in sound quality and device compatibility.

That said, with picture quality this good, I can’t wait to see TCL continue iterating on XR. You can find out more about the RayNeo Air 2 XR Glasses on the official website, and sign up to get a notification when the frames launch on Amazon. The first 100 customers also get the JoyDock for free. You can use those savings to get a decent pair of earbuds – you’re going to need them.

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