• Microsoft Unveils and Demos HoloLens Capability with Minecraft at E3 2015

    Microsoft’s HoloLens virtual reality accessory recently took the stage at the E3 gaming conference with the company showcasing how “mixed reality gaming” will work in the future. The example was shown via the popular Minecraft universe with the developer, Mojang, presenting during Microsoft’s E3 keynote, showing the map of a Minecraft world by placing it on a table and having the user wearing HoloLens interacting with the map, items and characters displayed in front of them.

    The demo as a whole was done along with a second player who was controlling their own Minecraft character via a Microsoft Surface. The company didn’t go as far as revealing a release date or pricing but did mention that HoloLens will support a fully-featured version of Minecraft that will allow players to explore the game world in full 3D.

    For those of you who didn’t know, HoloLens was unveiled back in January, which generated a large amount f buzz for its hardware concept. Microsoft is looking to bet big on the future of virtual reality with the company even going as far as partnering with Oculus Rift and game maker Valve’s VR collaboration with HTC. The accessory looks like a plastic headband with a glass shield over the eye portion. The device contains a full PC with what Microsoft calls a “high-end” CPU and GPU along with an in-house “holographic processing unit.” The shield is see through and projects holograms directly over what the user sees, giving users the illusion of virtual and physical worlds merging together.

    Microsoft didn’t say which platforms HoloLens will work with but we do know it’s likely to be supported with Windows 10 devices. That being said, the company’s collaboration with Valve VR is for Windows 10 only and doesn’t apply to the Xbox One. Meanwhile, the Oculus Rift partnership gives users the ability to stream Xbox One games to their Windows 10 PC, where the games can be played in a 3D-like “theater mode” that doesn’t change the gameplay of the titles themselves.

    For those of you who didn’t know, Apple has expressed interest in virtual reality through patent filings and several new hires. That being said, the company doesn’t announce future technology too far ahead of its launch, unlike what Microsoft seems to be doing here with the HoloLens. If Apple is working on a consumer virtual reality product, it’s likely not going to be unveiled until the product is nearly finalized.

    We’ll have to wait and see if Apple could become a competitor in the set-top box gaming market as it has been rumored for quite some time now. We’ll just have to wait and see.

    Source: Microsoft (E3) via The Verge
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      It's MS...they'll eff it up somehow!
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