It wasn’t Windows 10, or even Cortana that stole today’s Microsoft show. Everything seemed elementary compared to Microsoft’s HoloLens, which is an augmented reality concept that the company promises will be the future of computing. With the release of Microsoft’s untethered headset (no PC or wires required), wearers will be able to beam apps developed for the technology to the world around them; Skype, Office and, my favorite, Minecraft.
The sizzle reel Microsoft showed off during the event didn’t quite match the real-time demonstration onstage, but it was impressive nonetheless. (You’ll look silly using this thing no matter what, so we better start getting used to it now.) To see the potential of HoloLens, Microsoft shared a couple of videos to really push the point that, yeah, this is pretty cool. Can I please use HoloLens to play a game like Resident Evil? Boom, now there’s a zombie in your home. Terrifying! But possibly the future.
Microsoft really believes its Windows Holographic project will be the future of computing, bringing the digital experience into the analogue world. Early impressions for those who have used it (Wired got an exclusive scoop, and Take-Two Interactive CEO also praised the headset) are positive, though Microsoft has a long way to go. But the potential is huge, and if developers can create worthwhile experiences, HoloLens might be the next way to experience content.
If only we had a price.