Microsoft's Augmented Reality HoloLens Will Be Available In Early 2016
Carl Franzen
at 11:41 AM Oct 7 2015
Microsoft's augmented reality headset HoloLens is coming in 2016

At the beginning of 2015, Microsoft showed off the HoloLens, an ambitious headset that displays digital images over the world around you, using a technology commonly referred to as augmented reality. Today at a big press event in New York City, the company announced that HoloLens will be available in the first quarter of 2016 starting at a price of $3,000 — but only for software developers.

The company also showed off a "mixed reality" gaming demo on the HoloLens at the event, in which a player equipped with a virtual blaster cannon displayed on his hand fought off a horde of attacking aliens that popped through a hole in his wall.

Microsoft's approach with the HoloLens, which allows you to see digital information displayed over your view of the world around you, is a marked difference from Facebook and Google, both of which are working on virtual reality headsets that block the world around you, while immersing you in a completely virtual one.

However, Microsoft and Facebook are working together to support Facebook subsidiary Oculus's VR headset, which is also expected to ship in 2016 with a Microsoft Xbox and Xbox controller.

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