Many were expecting Microsoft to announce its entry into the virtual reality (VR) industry in 2015. While there’s every chance that might still happen the company has today revealed a brand new concept in the hologram-based Windows Holographic. The reveal was complete with the announcement of a new head-mounted display (HMD) named HoloLens. As with any new technology, the idea sounds expensive but, as CEO Satya Nadella has reassured HoloLens will be priced with everyday consumers in mind.
Nadella said as much in a Q&A sessions following the reveal of Windows Holographic and HoloLens at its headquarters in Redmond, Washington. When as just how much the kit would cost, Nadella explained that the price range would be aiming to attract both consumers and enterprises. Don’t expect HoloLens to be a business-exclusive technology at first, then.
HoloLens is a HMD with a see-through lens that is completely untethered. The kit itself features a built-in high-end CPU and GPU with a third processor described as ‘a holographic processing unit.’ Release details for the concept are yet to be announced. VRFocus will continue to follow both Windows Holographic and HoloLens, reporting back with any further updates.