Microsoft Demos HoloLens ‘X-Ray’ Gaming Capability
Microsoft has pretty much made it clear they’re not trying to compete with gaming-oriented VR headsets like Oculus Rift, Valve’s Re Vive, or Sony’s PlayStation VR with their own HoloLens.
Just when we’ve convinced that it’s true though, they come up with a presentation of the technology being used for that very purpose: gaming. It’s a nice and welcoming advantage, especially for folks who would use the HoloLens for more than just work-based tasks.
At the Windows 10 Devices event, Microsoft demonstrated the recreational use of the versatile HoloLens and its projected capability in surrounding environments. We see a chap named Dan fighting off some drones with his virtual laser gun, then using a holographical projected shield to defend himself against some of the meaner bots.
It’s a very cool demonstration indeed of what Microsoft calls the ‘Mixed Reality’ game, as the interaction between the environment and the projected artificial holograms is very convincing.
The drones and Dan’s gun make virtual holes in the wooden walls set around in the presentation, and there seems to be perfect three dimensional awareness of Dan’s position as he hides behind a couch to protect himself.
The presentation at first seems quite flawless, but one can’t help but feel that it’s all done too slowly, and that too deliberately. Dan’s movements are excessively defined, which suggests that HoloLens may have difficulty in projected and computing faster movements, especially those made by the players.
Then again, HoloLens is far from a finished product. It’s going to be available for development use for a whopping $3,000 in the first quarter of 2016, and will probably hit retail stores way later.
Thankfully, it’s still something extremely impressive and shows a glimpse of the exciting future for everyone who dreamt of virtual reality gaming and interaction.