Last year saw Microsoft make headlines as it purchased Minecraft developer Mojang for around $2.5 billion USD. The deal was arguably the highest-profile acquisition of the year, rivalled only by Facebook’s $2 billion purchase of Oculus VR. As it turns out, Microsoft’s deal ended up being relevant to head-mounted display (HMD) fans too as the company revealed a version of the videogame phenomenon running on its newly-revealed HoloLens holographic HMD yesterday. According to the company, this isn’t the same old Minecraft experience, as it takes on a ‘whole new life’ with HoloLens.
The company said as much during a Q&A sessions following the reveal of HoloLens at the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington this week. It stated that this wasn’t simply the Minecraft found on PC but it instead ‘takes on a whole new life’. In the videos introducing HoloLens two examples of Minecraft holograms can be seen. In one, a player brings up the unmistakeable blocky landscape in the middle of a living room. The other sees explosives create a whole in a wall, revealing the world of Minecraft hiding on the other side.
Microsoft’s statements echo those of Mojang’s Jens Bergensten, who recently revealed that he had seen two different versions of the popular title running with HoloLens. One was said to be a ‘toy’ while the other is ‘closer’ to the real thing. Just if these demos turn into full apps for the consumer version of HoloLens remains to be seen, though Bergensten noted that they were both ‘definitely real’. It would certainly make sense to see the company making use of its newly-acquired IP to push new technology.
VRFocus will continue to follow HoloLens, reporting back with any further updates on the technology.