It’s been a week now since Microsoft surprised the entire technology industry with the reveal of Windows Holographic and its HoloLens head-mounted display (HMD). The company rounded out a press briefing focused on Windows 10 with a reveal of this new concept, which has users wearing the see-through HMD to view and interact with holograms. In the following week many have had time to think about the potential impacts of HoloLens, especially in terms of videogames. According to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, the concept will allow for ‘mind-blowing’ new experiences.
Nadella said as much in a recent post-earnings financial call, as reported by Gamespot. “It’s also getting clearer how the games people love today will evolve to mind-blowing experiences in the future when designed for the mixed reality that Windows 10 and HoloLens create,” he said.
“Just imagine what is possible with Minecraft. Gaming truly is a valuable part of millions of people’s lives and Microsoft will excel and increase our lead.” The company is yet to outright confirm if HoloLens will be compatible with its Xbox One videogame console, although promotional material such as the image above certainly suggests that there will be some degree of compatibility.
As Nadella mentioned, Microsoft used the ever-popular Minecraft series to tease the potential of HoloLens during its reveal. Two experiences were shown, with one bringing the unmistakable world of Minecraft into the user’s living room and another revealing the iconic landscape existing behind a real wall in the user’s home that has been virtually blown up. Microsoft purchased Minecraft developer Mojang back in 2014 for some $2.5 billion USD.
Of course the Xbox brand has plenty of other videogame series that could make for interesting HoloLens adaptions. No doubt many videogame fans have wondered what might be possible with the Halo or Gears of War franchises. VRFocus will continue to follow HoloLens, reporting back with any further updates on the kit.