Microsoft announced at Computex that it's opening up its holographic platform. It wants to create a unified platform that can be shared not only by VR and AR peripherals, but also by computers and displays, thereby creating a world of mixed reality where devices work together and interact with each other.
The software giant started selling its HoloLens in March for $3,000 but the company claims this was more of a tech demo that pushes the limits. It serves as an example for other manufacturers, just like what it did with the Surface lineup. Full details at the Windows blog.
We are excited to be working with Intel, AMD, Qualcomm, HTC, Acer, ASUS, CyberPowerPC, Dell, Falcon Northwest, HP, iBuyPower, Lenovo, MSI and many others supporting great virtual reality experiences on Windows 10, and we are looking forward to opening up Windows Holographic to the partner ecosystem for the future.
Windows 10 includes Windows Holographic, the platform that powers the amazing mixed reality experiences available on Microsoft HoloLens today. It offers a holographic shell and interaction model, perception APIs, and Xbox Live services.
Consistent with our approach to Surface, our development efforts on HoloLens are designed to push the limits and create opportunity across the ecosystem.