Microsoft has surprised both the videogame and technology industries alike today by revealing Windows Holographic, a new hologram-based concept that utilises a brand new head-mounted display (HMD) named HoloLens. Details about the device are just now trickling out, suggesting that it is far more than a simple pair of augmented reality (AR) glasses. From the looks of it, Minecraft will be one of the first videogames coming to the technology.
A video showcasing HoloLens first suggested that Mojang’s hugely popular franchise would be one of the first videogames to become a hologram. A player brought up Minecraft‘s blocky world in the middle of a living room to fully explore. This wasn’t just a simple concept image, however; Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella also confirmed that those attending the reveal event would be playing Minecraft on HoloDeck after the show.
HoloLens consists of a see-through lens that is completely untethered. The kit itself features a built-in high-end CPU and GPU. Microsoft’s Alex Kipman explained that the company also invented a third processor described as ‘a holographic processing unit.’ Release details for the concept are yet to be announced. VRFocus will continue to follow this new technology closely, reporting back with any further updates.