Microsoft’s HoloLens mixed reality (MR) head-mounted display (HMD) wowed the crowds at the company’s E3 press conference earlier this week. The group brought the device on stage along with a demo of a new version of ever-popular world building title, Minecraft, in which one player walked through its iconic blocky landscape as usual while the HoloLens user was treated to a bird’s-eye view of the map. But that isn’t the only MR experience that the company is revealing at E3 this week. Microsoft also has a demo that utilises its most popular videogame franchise, Halo.
As revealed by IGN, the company has been showcasing a new HoloLens experience based on its upcoming Xbox One first-person shooter (FPS), Halo 5: Guardians. Putting on the HMD, players were treated to a pre-brief for the multiplayer mode, Warzone, as they walked through an area themed after a large ship from the series. The piece starts with users being directed down a corridor using a waypoint marker as seen in the series itself, being led into a room with a logo for the United Nations Space Council (UNSC) hovering above a table.
The briefing itself featured Spartan commander Sarah Palmer, wearing her white Spartan-IV armour as first seen in Halo 4. She began to explain the rules of the mode, with an overview of the map it was to be played on then appearing as Palmer introduced key areas and points of interest for players to check out. One of the series’ gigantic Hunter Elders then appeared. Just as with the Minecraft experience, it’s not clear if this would ever evolve into a full title when HoloLens launches in full.
The kit is yet to see a full release date or price. VRFocus will continue to follow HoloLens closely, reporting back with the latest updates on its progress.