Xbox’s Major Nelson Says HoloLens Isn’t A ‘Gaming First’ Device

He did say gaming is still part of the plan though.

Posted By | On 09th, Dec. 2015 Under News


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While Sony’s Playstation VR is said to be a device that will almost exclusively be used for video games, Xbox’s Major Nelson has doubled down on the company’s earlier comments that their VR device, the HoloLens will not be a “gaming first” device. This comment comes despite the fact that the HoloLens has been shown off playing games more than doing anything else.

Nelson recently gave an interview to Geekwire where he talked about the long term goals of the device and contrasted that to the development team’s focus on it right now. “HoloLens is not going to be a gaming-first device, that’s not what they designed it for. Eventually we will and I’ve played some amazing games on it, but right now [the HoloLens team] is focused on shipping a great product and making sure it’s going to hit all of the right notes.” Nelson said.

What isn’t entirely laid out here is whether or not the device will be launching with almost no gaming support, or whether that just won’t be the entire focus. We know the HoloLens is planned to be a device that can accommodate gaming eventually, considering the demos that premiered at this year’s E3. Does Nelson’s comments mean there won’t be support for those games we got a look at earlier this year until well after launch? Or does this just mean we shouldn’t be expecting a rather impressive list of games supported until well after the device hits the market? As of now, the HoloLens does not have an official release date, so we’ve got some time to find out.


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  • GHz

    I figured that out the day they announced that Hololens was a PC that didn’t need to connect to the XB1 to be enjoyed.

    • lagann

      Yup. A untethered device would not be powerful enough to make it a really good gaming device. I can see casual games and or “experiences” on it but for real gaming scenarios, it will probably have to be tethered to a console or pc.

    • GHz

      “A untethered device would not be powerful enough to make it a really good gaming device”

      your statement is wrong for the simple fact that Hololens is a PC. Its a holographic computer, powered by a holographic processor, the 1st of its kind. It is not a peripheral like VR helmet devices. That’s how you’re describing it, and that’s inaccurate.

    • lagann

      We’ll have to wait and see.

      I can’t wait to get a hands on trial with it though.

    • GHz

      We should start saving now 🙂

    • Psionicinversion

      It’s going to be very expensive that’s why there targeting the enterprise market first. When your prototype device costs $3000 to buy the released version is still going be very expensive

  • Mr Xrat

    Of course not. That’s why they hyped it up so much.

    • Truth™

      I see someone’s really mad PSVR has an expiration date in April 2016 when Valve releases the Superior Vive 🙂

    • Psionicinversion

      No its not, AR is the future and MS is leading the charge, VR is decades old tech and they keep trying to ignite it and failing. maybe this time it will get somewhere but AR is the future of everything

    • Mr Xrat

      HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA

      Adorable.

    • Psionicinversion

      AR is the future whether you like or not. You cant spacewalk around the ISS with a VR unit strapped to your face. Nope AR is the only option

      You cant walk down the street with a VR unit on your face. you cant cycle and get a display with gps map and stuff with a VR unit on. VR is for sit down and play AR is for everything else

    • Mr Xrat

      AR is deadweight just like Kinect.

    • Psionicinversion

      If AR is dead weight VR is DOA.

      Good job people like you aren’t in charge of advancing stuff otherwise we still wouldn’t of created fire

    • Mr Xrat

      Keep shilling. 🙂

    • Truth™

      The more you cry and scream about Sony’s garbage VR the more I can’t wait for your tears when it flops next year 🙂

    • XbotMK1

      Microsoft tricked their fanboys like Starman, Terminator, and GHz with that E3 stunt.

  • Hermione Granger

    dont tell sony brokestation when they crash and burn with their own vr…


 

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