Not a copycat of the big VR headsets, Microsoft HoloLens blends virtual and augmented reality to make one of the most ambitious launches ever planned – you can buy it now if you’re a dev (and you’ve got money to burn). The device merges real-world elements with virtual ‘holographic’ images, meaning you can look at your Minecraft world on your kitchen table, or walk around the surface of Mars in your living room.
Using Kinect-style tech to recognise gestures and voice commands, the headset has a 120-degree field of vision on both axis, and is capable of ‘high definition’ visuals, but it’s still a letterbox compared to the likes of Oculus and Vive. More importantly, however, there’s no connection to a PC – a full Windows 10 system is built into the headset and runs off a battery.
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