Microsoft Announces HoloLens Retail Availability
All the eager developers and non-developers can rejoice now as Microsoft has announced HoloLens retail availability along with some other details. Following a similar pattern to previous head mounted displays like Oculus Rift, Microsoft is bringing HoloLens to customers earlier than expected.
HoloLens, an augmented reality headset, is available to purchase from the online Microsoft Store in US and Canada. A maximum of five HoloLens HMD purchases are allowed per customer. Given the price of the headset, $3,000, it is unlikely anyone would be interested in ordering more than that at the same time.
It should be noted that the version of HoloLens available to purchase right now is the Development Edition and as such is targeted towards software development studios and not regular consumers interested in using the device for their gaming or casual enjoyment usage. As of right now, the Development Edition only supports English language.
Those who wish to purchase the HoloLens Development Edition via the online Microsoft Store will require a free Microsoft Account.
HoloLens retail availability will ensure that by the time the final consumer version of the product is out, it has gone through considerable development with valuable feedback from the community. The product has already undergone significant improvement since its original announced back in January 2015.
The new version of HoloLens available for sale at the store features a wider field of view, higher resolution images and a wide variety of tools to help developers than what was originally part of the device.
There is no word on the availability of a consumer version of HoloLens as of yet although it will undoubtedly happen. Whether the price of consumer release remains the same or increases like Oculus Rift or HTC Vive remains to be seen but given that it is a much more advanced technology than VR, it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise although even the current price tag is extremely high for regular consumers so it might end up hurting Microsoft’s sales.