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Spencer: HoloLens Price, Date to Come When Experiences are ‘right’

HoloLens, Microsoft’s mixed reality (MR) head-mounted display (HMD) made a surprise appearance at the Xbox E3 press conference in Los Angeles, California today. The company showcased its new kit running the previously revealed new version of Minecraft, with a camera showcasing what the wearer was seeing while another player controlled a character in the blocky world. According to Xbox boss Phil Spencer, HoloLens will need to see plenty more of these kinds of experiences before the company can start to think about pricing and release dates.

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Spencer said as much on Youtube’s Live E3 coverage today. “We haven’t announced the date, we’re really focused on the experiences,” he said. “We know we need to get the experiences right before we think about date, price and other things that people ask. That’s what’s been great about having the Mojang team work with [HoloLens].”

He then went to on talk about the Minecraft demo shown earlier today. “This is an experience that, to me, felt authentic to Minecraft and authentic to HoloLens. We need to land those. And having the first party team partner with the platform team is just a unique opportunity,” Spencer said.

So far the Minecraft franchise is the only videogame series to see an adaption into HoloLens, although upcoming integration with the Unity Engine suggests that other studios outside of Mojang will soon be able to start developing for the device. Just how much of a role videogames will have to play with the device remains to be seen as it also serves a wide range of other features such as virtual video screens for everyday life and adaptions of a number of apps such as Skype, Facebook and much more.

VRFocus will continue to follow both Microsoft and HoloLens closely, reporting back with the latest updates on its progress.