What is the Definition & Meaning of Extended Reality or XR?

Virtual Reality, VR, Immersive Technology & Simulated Environment

What is the Definition & Meaning of Extended Reality or XR?

Extended Reality XR

There are some terms and words that are closely related with the virtual reality (VR) domain. And some of it might confuse us because it nearly looks similar with each other such as AR and MR. One of the terms that recently getting popular is Extended Reality or simply known as XR.

What is Extended Reality or XR?

Extended Reality or XR is referring to all the real and virtual combined environments and human-machine interactions generated by computer technology and wearables. Another word for it is “Cross Reality“.

The letter “X” inside XR is referring to the variable for any current or future technologies in spatial computing. For examples are VR (Virtual Reality), AR (Augmented Reality) and MR (Mixed Reality).

In the future there might be another “R” such as “DR” (Dream Reality) and it will still fall under the XR domain. Okay, we made up the DR terms just for the sake of example.

To put it in a simple way, XR is like the umbrella or superset for all these terms ranging from “the complete virtual” to “the complete real”. It covers the full spectrum of virtual and real environments.

XR Supported Devices

Currently, there are devices that already support this XR and you might also already used it. For examples are headsets like Oculus Quest, Microsoft HoloLens or your smartphone that has the AR capability (remember Pokemon Go?). We can see more and more of the devices and tools that support the XR in the near future.

Application of Extended Reality

The XR field is still growing. And now it has been applied in various industries such as training, education, manufacturing, real-estate, entertainment, remote working and many others.

If you notice, some of the corporate presentations nowadays is done using the combination of the real presenter and the computer images. And you can watch it together with your colleagues in the virtual environment. That is one of the examples of XR in the real life.


To conclude, XR is any technology that makes your display becoming more immersive and makes your interaction with both virtual and real world more interactive and blended. For more info, you can read it at:

  1. What Is Extended Reality (XR) and How Is it Changing the Future?” from HP.
  2. What Is Extended Reality Technology? A Simple Explanation For Anyone” from Forbes.

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