Microsoft is now accepting pre-orders for the HoloLens, its augmented reality headset that will run Windows 10 applications and allow users to interact with the real world in new ways. The headset, unlike the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, allows users to see their surroundings.
Pre-orders are open for developers who applied previously to purchase the device. The first samples of the HoloLens will begin shipping on March 30 to developers, Microsoft said Monday.
Keep in mind that this isn’t a full-on consumer release, which is actually the case for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive virtual reality headsets. The new units will allow developers to create experiences for consumers who may one day own the HoloLens — hopefully at a much more affordable price point.
There are already plenty of experiences ready, however.
“Developers who purchase HoloLens will have immediate access to hundreds of UWP apps through the Windows Store – great and familiar apps like OneDrive, Maps, Remote Desktop, People, Movies & TV, Groove Music and Microsoft Office apps,” Microsoft’s Alex Kipman said Monday. “The Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition also gives developers access to a showcase of holographic app experiences to help get them started. These experiences are designed to demonstrate what the device can do, and how it operates, in order to inspire developers to create incredible things.”
Developers will need to provide their own Windows 10 PC.