Microsoft HoloLens dev kits will be $3,000, ships in Q1 2016

The HoloLens dev kits will be pretty pricey, but Microsoft shows the potential that it poses for the future of gaming.

Published Tue, Oct 6 2015 9:32 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:03 PM CST

At today's Windows 10 event, Microsoft unveiled the future of mixed-reality gaming powered by the HoloLens, showing what's possible with the tech and how it will shape the future of gaming.

Microsoft HoloLens dev kits will be ,000, ships in Q1 2016 3 |

The demonstration culminated in a demo for an AR game codenamed Project X-Ray, which pretty much allows users to physically hold holograms and use holographic weapons to defend an area against a robot invasion. The demo was quite impressive, and really highlighted how truly immersive and dynamic the HoloLens really is. Microsoft hasn't released any footage yet, but we'll be sure to update the page when video goes live.

Also Microsoft announced that it is now taking applications for HoloLens developer kits starting now, and plans to ship them starting Q1 2016 for a pretty beefy $3,000. The tech giant also reminded us that the AR headset is "completely untethered", and doesn't need an external device like a PC or phone to operative. It's also 100% cordless and has a custom-built silicon soul for the "world's first holographic processing unit".

Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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