It’s not ready for consumers just yet as this is the “developer edition.”
Microsoft announced earlier this week, that it was going to start shipping the developer edition of its augmented reality device known as HoloLens in the first quarter of 2016. Those who are thinking about posing as devs in order to get their hot little hands on the new device better have deep pockets, as Cnet revealed Microsoft is going to be charging as much as $3,000 for this generation of the HoloLens.
“Whether it’s for productivity, health care, design, or entertainment, HoloLens creates experiences that aren’t possible on any other device, or any other platform,” Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices group said on Tuesday during the announcement. The HoloLens, which runs using Windows 10 and is completely untethered to any kind of machine or gaming console works by creating 3D CG objects that appear to exist in the real world. Because this is the developer edition, the kit is still quite costly and the company says it isn’t ready for consumers just yet.
Microsoft has said this device, that will be shipping in the first quarter of next year, is not a great deal different than the one it showed off at E3 this summer. While the HoloLens is an interesting VR machine, it had some drawbacks including a rather limited field of view. We’ll have to wait and see if any further generations of the device improve on this in any real way. While most people still won’t be able to get their hands on the Microsoft HoloLens early next year, the device being in developer hands means it is indeed closer to a wide release.