Yesterday was a big one for Microsoft and its HoloLens mixed reality (MR) head-mounted display (HMD). During the company’s latest Windows 10 briefing in New York it was revealed that the applications for the long-anticipated Development Edition of the device are now open. Studios hoping to work with the device can expect to pre-order it in January 2016 for some $3,000 USD, with the first shipments then going ahead in Q1 2016. There’s still much to learn about the device but, most recently, the company has confirmed that it will not exclude glasses wearers.
Microsoft confirmed as much on a recently-posted FAQ page for the HoloLens. As the page notes: “Microsoft HoloLens is designed to adjust to fit a wide range of adult head sizes and shapes without putting any undue pressure on your ears or nose, while also fitting comfortably over the majority of eyeglass frames.” The limits of this statement will no doubt be put to the test when the first teams get their hands on the kit but, for now, fans will have to take Microsoft’s word for it.
HoloLens is similar to virtual reality (VR) HMDs in that it consists of a screen that the user puts around their eyes to view virtual images, but differs in that the user is still peering into the real world, not stepping into an entirely virtual one. The untethered device consists of on-board tech that’s clearly bumping its price up far beyond that of a VR kit, with Oculus Rift developer kits currently available for $350. Yesterday’s showcase also played host to the reveal of Project X-Ray, a brand new MR videogame in which players battle robots that invade their room from the walls.
VRFocus will continue to follow HoloLens closely, reporting back with the latest updates on the device.