HoloLens dev kit price and release date announced; Project X-Ray introduces mixed-reality gaming

Microsoft started its Windows 10 event by showing off a mixed-reality game called Project X-Ray as well as announcing the price and release date for the HoloLens dev kit.

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During today’s Microsoft Windows 10 event, the company revealed the price and release date for the dev kit as well as a game for the HoloLens called Project X-Ray.

During the demo, we got to see someone wearing a VR gauntlet that allowed them to interact with their environment. The stage demo had the player being swarmed by robots, which he could then attack with his VR gauntlet by shooting energy blasts at them. The gauntlet also responds to voice commands as the player was able to change from a blaster to a vortex mode as well as a shield.

The developer kit version of the HoloLens is expected to be available in Q1 2016 and will sell for $3,000. Microsoft is currently accepting applications to take part in the developer program for its HoloLens, although that price of admission seems to be a bit steep for most early adopters.

Mixed-reality gaming appears to be the next logical step for Microsoft to take with the HoloLens. We've seen HoloLens used to connect with Windows 10 in a number of ways in the past, as well as seeing a demo of Minecraft running on HoloLens. Project X-Ray is the first time we've seen mixed-reality gaming be introduced for the HoloLens and we're looking forward to seeing more games like it.

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      October 6, 2015 7:52 AM

      3k is pretty steep for me, and I'd imagine for most people.

      Maybe some businesses would use it enough to warrant shelling out for them, but all of the demos so far don't (to me). The cool factor doesn't exceed the cost.

      Maybe the consumer version will be much less!

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      October 6, 2015 7:57 AM

      LOL! Please stop. Who the fuck would buy this?!?

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      October 6, 2015 9:34 AM

      I'm betting this is a project Tango situation where they charge more for the dev kit than the retail product.

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        October 6, 2015 9:44 AM

        I think they've said all along that Hololens is not a consumer thing, they are going for professional applications. A consumer version will come later, no doubt.

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          October 6, 2015 9:52 AM

          Have they? Well that conflicts with a lot of the things they have shown about it. Hell, take the original video- it shows a friend giving advice to a friend about how to fix a pipe, it shows mine craft on the wall, it shows frivolous displays on the wall in your home for convenience.

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          October 6, 2015 9:54 AM

          If it's for professional applications it's a little odd that most of the demos are designed with mainstream users in mind. Specifically gamers.

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            October 6, 2015 9:55 AM

            Microsoft is no stranger to mixed messaging, and maybe that's what is happening here.

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          October 6, 2015 11:23 AM

          This is not a consumer product.

          /shows spiders being shot with laser gun

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            October 6, 2015 11:30 AM

            Not a consumer product, shows it using Minecraft at a video game trade show.

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      October 6, 2015 11:29 AM

      lol $3000...they really don't want anyone building for this do they..

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