What’s the difference between AR MR VR XR


  • The title of the blog post may make you wonder, “Too many short forms. But, what are they?” Let’s introduce you to the full forms of these that are also new technologies. The full forms are Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR), Virtual Reality (VR), and Extended Reality (XR). What we will attempt to do in this blog post is explain all of them and find out the difference between them even though they may use the same technologies (3D objects and AI).
  • If you are curious to know the difference between AR, MR, VR, and XR, we urge you to read on.
  • In this blog post, we will be explaining AR, MR, VR, and XR and try to find the difference between them through the explanations.

Table AR(Augmented reality), MR(Mixed Reality), VR(Virtual Reality), XR (Extended Reality)

AR, MR, VR, XRShort Description and links
AR(Augmented reality) Augmented reality is a real-world interactive experience in 
which computer-generated perceptual information is 
utilized to supplement things in the actual world, 
sometimes spanning many sensory modalities like
visual, auditory, haptic, somatosensory, and olfactory.

MR(Mixed Reality) The mixing of real and virtual worlds to create new habitats and representations in which actual 
and digital items that coexist and interact in real-time is known as mixed reality. 
Mixed reality is a combination of reality and virtual reality that does not take place solely in either the physical or virtual worlds.

VR(Virtual Reality) Virtual reality is a virtual experience that may be 
both similar and unlike the actual world.
Virtual reality has applications in entertainment,

education, and business.
XR (Extended Reality) Extended reality is a concept that refers to any real-and-virtual mixed environments and human-machine interactions created by 
computer technology and wearables, where

‘X’ stands for any current or future spatial 
computing technology.
AR(Augmented reality), MR(Mixed Reality), VR(Virtual Reality), XR(Extended Reality)

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 What is Augmented Reality (AR)?

  • Augmented Reality or AR helps us see a real-world environment that is supplemented or augmented by various sensory inputs that have their origins in the computer. These sensory inputs include video, graphics, sound, or GPS data. That does not mean AR is detached from the existing world. It utilizes the existing world and adds device-generated elements to it. You must be curious to know about the mediums of AR. They are tablets and mobile phones. Through the use of cameras and headsets, you can experience the world of Augmented Reality. What are some of the most famous examples of AR? They are Pokemon Go and AR bitmojis by Snapchat.

What is Mixed Reality (MR)?

  • If you have heard about the term, hybrid reality, let us tell you that it is nothing but Mixed Reality. Mixed Reality enables the co-existence of both physical and digital objects. Not only do these objects co-exist but they also interact with each other on a real-time basis. If you place a digital image within a physical space, it will be able to interact with the elements of the physical space. The fact that the digital objects are able to interact with the physical objects on a real-time basis is what makes MR or Mixed Reality different from the rest.

What is Virtual Reality (VR)?

  • What is VR then? It is a computer-simulated reality. It is a world where computer technologies can be used to produce realistic images, sounds, etc. with the help of real headsets that will help create a virtual world. Users will immerse themselves in a virtual world with the help of VR. A truly virtual world using VR is one that will engage all our senses such as sight, smell, taste, touch, and sound. VR has already been used in the gaming industry but it is only recently that VR is used in more practical applications. The craze for VR is not going to die down anytime soon and it is going to be huge in the future. At least, that’s what experts opine.

What is Extended Reality (XR)?

  • Extended Reality (XR) is a newer technology than AR, VR, or MR. Not many are aware of what XR really is. This technology is used to create a world where there will be interactions between human beings and machines. It actually refers to an amalgamated environment that combines real and virtual worlds. XR actually brings AR, VR, and MR under one umbrella. The fact that it includes Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Mixed Reality (MR) is enough to remove the confusion that may arise in people’s minds. If AR, VR, and MR make up the present, it is said that XR will be the future.

What is the difference between AR, MR, VR, and XR?

  • While VR or Virtual Reality immerses people into a virtual environment, AR or Augmented Reality helps us see the real world that is augmented by sensory inputs but doesn’t allow interaction of the virtual environment with the real one. On the other hand, MR or Mixed Reality which is an amalgamation of virtual and physical realities allows the real-time interaction between physical and virtual objects. XR or Extended Reality acts like an umbrella that brings Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR), and Virtual Reality (VR) together under it.


  • Now that you know the explanations of Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality (VR), Mixed Reality (MR), and Extended Reality (XR), and the differences between them, we are sure all your doubts regarding these terms have been cleared.

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