Microsoft HoloLens Not Aimed At Gaming First

When Microsoft demoed its mixed reality (MR) head-mounted display (HMD) the HoloLens at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June, the demonstration consisted of Minecraft and the possibilities of using the HMD for various types of videogame scenarios. But Micro soft have now stated that the first version of HoloLens will be aimed at enterprise rather than the videogame industry.

In an interview with Zdnet, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has now revealed the corporations plans for the HoloLens. Nadella says: “In the first version, it’s going to be more about developers and enterprise scenarios. In general Microsoft’s approach will be always this dual-use focus, or this multi-focus. What we can uniquely do is bridge consumer to enterprise.”


“I want every technology of ours to seek that out. In the HoloLens case, when I look at the interest, it’s amazing how many are in hospitals, healthcare, retail. That’s where I’m seeing the interest and we’ll definitely go after it,” he said.

In regards to the procurement of Minecraft by Microsoft he goes on to say: “I did buy Minecraft to create a new genre of gaming for mixed reality. We bought Minecraft for many reasons: because it’s the number one PC app; it’s the number one console app; it’s the number one paid mobile app on iOS and Android. I wanted a hit game even for the new medium of mixed reality. And we will have that. Gaming will always be a scenario and there will be other entertainment broadly. But, with the V.1 of HoloLens, I want us to push a lot more of the enterprise usage.”

So while the Hololens may not be seeing a surge of videogame titles being created by developers, for the mean time Minecraft will have to suffice.

VRFocus will continue to report on the latest announcements from Microsoft regarding the HoloLens.