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HoloLens Launching in North America First, First Shipping in January [UPDATE]

Less than an hour ago Microsoft promised that the application process to get a Development Edition of the HoloLens mixed reality (MR) head-mounted display (HMD) would be launching today and it’s already made good on that promise. The page for applications has already been launched and has revealed a lot of new information about the release of the device, which was stated to be arriving in the first 3 months of next year for some $3,000 USD.

Hololens design

The page narrows down that Q1 window, as the first shipments will be made to the US and Canada in January 2016. Units will be limited to 2 per studio for this point in time. It’s not yet known when shipments will be made to those outside this region or when the cap on the number of devices will be raised. Hopeful applicants will need to be a Windows Insider in order to sign up for the kit, though this of course won’t guarantee you a unit.

HoloLens allows users to peer into the real world with virtual objects appear before them. This can include anything from virtual screens that can be scaled in size to objects to use in videogames such as the newly-revealed Project X-Ray.

VRFocus will continue to follow HoloLens closely, reporting back with the latest updates on the kit.

UPDATE: An error on VRFocus‘ part: pre-orders for HoloLens will open in January 2016, though shipping may not occur until later in Q1. VRFocus apologies for the error.