Excitement is building up as Microsoft reveals date, price, and a game for HoloLens that has been amazingly demonstrated in order to prove the true power of their upcoming device.
- Microsoft has announced that the first HoloLens will be up for sale in the first quarter of 2016
- The price is currently set at $3,000
- HoloLens was demonstrated through Project X-Ray, a mixed reality game that implies shooting alien robots
HoloLens is, according to Microsoft, edging further away from the title of ‘virtual reality’, and instead is stamped with the ‘mixed reality’ label for the headset. It’s an exquisite proof of futuristic technology that will be aimed at gamers and enterprises at the same time. While it’s pegged to have lower quality graphics than Oculus Rift, the company has certainly drawn the attention of some developers.
Microsoft demonstrated the prowess of the upcoming HoloLens through the new Project X-Ray game. The wearer of the headset is also accompanied by what appears to be a HoloLens controller in order to better interact with the environment. Unlike others, such as Oculus Rift, the high-tech device uses nothing else. No smartphone, no PC, and not even an internet connection.
The augmented reality headset is a completely standalone device. And, given the demonstration, it has exceptional capabilities.
Microsoft demonstrated its ability by allowing us to watch the player shoot a string of spider-like flying robots coming out of the walls around him. The controller emphasized the holographic weapon around his hand, shooting lazers or using vortex techniques of eliminating the assailants. The most amazing aspect, however, was how they interacted with their environment.
As stated at the presentation, the virtual robots were able to detect the walls and furniture around the player. They could interact with each other and the real life objects in the game. This means that each and every single game experience will be different. So, if you feel like mixing it up, you could always go play the game on HoloLens in your bathroom.
Microsoft also revealed that their upcoming futuristic and high-tech gadget will be released early 2016. The price is set at a steep $3,000 for the ‘HoloLens Development Edition’ for interested third parties. The augmented reality headset will start selling to developers in order to create the best and possible applications for their device. The company have voiced out their interest in areas ranging from gaming to education.
The demonstration was truly impressive, and it’s always thrilling to see the huge leaps technology makes over just a couple of years. It heightens anticipation and properly helps us understand just how far we’ve come.
The team will reportedly continue their touring with the HoloLens across the United States and Canada. It will allow them a chance to show off their upcoming project, as well as engage in discussions with developers about future uses.
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