It’s not that far away if you think about it, as HoloLens will become reality in 2016 for developers, which means the first step won’t be delayed too much. The virtual reality headgear is announced as one of Microsoft’s most anticipated projects, able to bring images right in front of your eyes and revolutionize the way we use technology.
While Windows 10 is up and running, gaining excellent reviews and persuading more and more users to upgrade from their beloved Windows 7 (because Windows 8 is still a taboo that gets spoken about in hushed tones), Microsoft is moving ahead without wasting too much time enjoying the laurels.
The new operating system is still fresh though, so perhaps they’re simply waiting a bit longer before they officially get out the champagne. On the other hand, the tech giant seems to be continually at work and making headway in the market of virtual reality, recently announcing that their HoloLens will become available for developers in 2016.
According to the company’s CEO, Satya Nadella, they’re looking forward to getting out the first version of the headgear by releasing it for developers and enterprises first in the “Windows 10 timeframe”. Since the freshly released OS does not have an end date just yet, it’s assumed that its lifespan will be of at least 5 years before a possible Windows 11.
That has led enthusiastic gamers to believe that they will be getting a new way to experience games by 2020. It may sound like a long time away, but the company has already put up generous grants early in July for several companies to develop new ways to use the virtual reality headgear.
It’s bound to expand in many areas, ranging from education, medicine and business to gaming. It could turn every household worldwide in a “surreal gaming environment”, by placing gamers directly into the surroundings of their game play.
However, eager gamers will have to wait a while before they clear their living room to make space for wild sword slashing and obstacle jumping in virtual reality. HoloLens is currently focused on enterprises and other areas of development, to begin with. It has stated its plans on further delving into other areas as well.
So far, only fortunate researchers at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have gotten the opportunity to test it and will soon use the headgear to virtually explore the images recorded by the Mars rover.
Commercial use is estimated to become available in the next five years, which seems like a reasonable time for the next step in technology and entertainment.
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