Microsoft CEO Wants You to Experience Pokémon Go Using Your Eyes, Not Camera
Launched only a week ago, Nintendo’s Pokémon Go has become a global craze, now exceeding Twitter’s 65 million US users. The app has almost everyone talking about it, and that holds true even for Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella who believes that Pokémon Go could “translate into a lot of interest in HoloLens.”
That makes sense considering Pokémon Go and Microsoft’s un-tethered HoloLens headset are both based on augmented reality. Pokémon Go uses the camera of your mobile device to impose 3D renderings of Pokémon on the its screen in real-time.
“But think about now what that game would mean on HoloLens. You’re not trying to use a phone when you can actually just use your eyes to look through and have that augmented reality experience,” Nadella said.
He further stated: “I think it’s fantastic to see these augmented reality applications getting built, because the best thing that can happen when you’re creating a new category is for applications that are these killer apps, whether it be game or in the industrial scenario, to get invested in.”
Obviously, the idea won’t exactly translate into an all silky smooth experience: there will still be some issues especially when it comes to input controls, and players are also likely to feel somewhat constricted by the headset. But it will indeed be an interesting app for HoloLens.
In fact, developer Niantic Labs is already teasing the possibility of Pokémon Go coming to Microsoft HoloLens.
Meanwhile, a petition has been launched to develop the game to Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile, though it’s unlikely to happen given Niantic Labs didn’t bring its previous Ingress game to Microsoft’s platforms.