Microsoft’s HoloLens technology, a head-mounted display (HMD) that can overlay ‘holograms’ onto real-world objects, has been impressing technology enthusiasts since its reveal in January of this year. With on-board processing capabilities the consumer model of the device was never going to be cheap, but now it seems that a ballpark figure has been revealed.
The HoloLens technology has been showcased with a variety of applications, from work to entertainment and lifestyle. Minecraft, which Microsoft bought last year for $2.5 billion USD, has already been offered as a technical demonstration in which players wearing the HMD can move blocks at will and even destroy them.
According to the New York Times, an unnamed representative of Microsoft has revealed that technology could cost ‘significantly more than a game console’. The current entry-level current-generation offerings start at around £299 GBP, suggesting that the HoloLens would be upwards of that price. This is possibly less of a surprise when considering that the Oculus Rift development kits are currently priced similarly ($350 USD direct from Oculus VR) and that the HTC Vive is rumoured to cost much more than that.
No official word on pricing or release date for the HoloLens is available at present, though of course VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest details on this and other HMDs.