This year’s Mobile World Conference took place in Barcelona over the weekend and Microsoft was there to introduce us all to the future of the HoloLens.
The HoloLens 2 gets us one step closer to the future we were promised by Minority Report, minus the thought police (I assume). Microsoft just really wants mixed reality to become a thing by making it more immersive, more ergonomic, and more easy to use. Damn them.
The field of view has been increased for the HoloLens 2, so you can get more into your face at once, with text and intricate details also being made easier to see. Eye-tracking sensors and iris recognition have been added to make interactions feel more natural and, most importantly, to make you feel like a spy breaking into a charismatic Russian’s uranium vault. Recognising that many of us have already destroyed our eyesight by looking at screens all day, the headset is adjustable to fit over glasses, and can be fitted to just about any head size and shape.
Best of all, the HoloLens 2 is completely self-contained, meaning there are no wires attached to anything. This allows you to roam freely about the living room, waving your arms, and scaring the bejeezus out of the cat.
The introduction video gives me Westworld intro sequence vibes, but it still looks pretty neat.
No real news yet on what games will be using it, but Epic Games announced that it will support Unreal Engine 4 from May 2019.
The HoloLens 2 will be released to the UK, US, Japan, China, Germany, Canada, Ireland, France, Australia, and New Zealand (pretty much everywhere but here) later this year and should cost $3,500 (almost R50,000). So maybe start a HoloLens 2 stokvel with your friends.