Microsoft’s HoloLens mixed reality (MR) head-mounted display (HMD) is something of a new concept, separating itself from both virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) by using the best of both to create virtual images in the real world. You might think that HoloLens will be all by itself in this new market, then, but that might not be the case. PC maker Asus has confirmed that it is talking with Microsoft about producing its own version of HoloLens with the company’s help.
CEO Jonney Shih and Microsoft’s executive vice president of Windows and devices Terry Myserson have said as much to CNET. Asus is apparently ‘still evaluating’ a potential AR HMD of its own. That said, it’s not yet clear if Microsoft is even open to the idea of making HoloLens a brand of HMDs rather than a singular device. If this was the case however, this could be a similar partnership to what can be seen with Oculus VR and Samsung, who are working together on the Gear VR mobile HMD.
The original HoloLens will be arriving as a ‘Development Edition’ in Q1 2016, with studios now able to apply for the chance to pre-order the kit next January. The device will be going on sale for $3,000 USD, though it’s still not clear when a consumer version will release and for what price. Could MR one day become a concept that isn’t exclusive to HoloLens?
VRFocus will continue to follow HoloLens closely, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.