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Microsoft’s HoloLens has ‘mind-blowing’ potential for games

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I'm afraid I can't let you see that Dave

Microsoft unveiled a pretty nifty piece of hardware last week, dubbed the Hololens. More augmented reality than virtual reality, it’s essentially a far more powerful version of Google Glass. It’s meant to help add something extra to your life, with the demo reel promising all kinds of features that look too good to be true. But it’s still a solid idea, and one that could help add some extra value to games.

Which is CEO Satya Nadella believes at least.

“It’s also getting clearer how the games people love today will evolve to mind-blowing experiences in the future when designed for the mixed reality that Windows 10 and HoloLens create,” Nadella said at a post-earnings release call, via a Gamespot transcription.

Just imagine what is possible with Minecraft. Gaming truly is a valuable part of millions of people’s lives and Microsoft will excel and increase our lead.

Even though Minecraft developer Mojang has yet to officially confirm that they are working on a Hololens version of the hit game, they are working on a pair of experimental projects using that technology according to Minecraft lead Jeff Bergensten.

With the current Q2 financials not looking that great right now, Microsoft needs to drum up some support from its investors. And as Xboss Phil Spencer said last week at the unveiling, there’s a gap in the market for this kind of device, and gaming in particular:

To me, there’s not a successful consumer electronics device on the planet where gaming is not a primary app category, and I think HoloLens will work the same way; I think gaming will be important,” he said at the time. “We’re thinking hard about specific scenarios with the Xbox, with things like content streaming, and using it as a display for Xbox.

I’m pretty keen for Hololens. The AR design makes it look slightly less goofy to wear than other VR headsets such as the Oculus Rift or Sony’s Project Morpheus. While I doubt we’ll be seeing full versions of Halo 5 played out through the device while we trip over our cats, smaller, experimental games could be big sellers for the unit.  And I’d love a Minecraft game that would allow me to enter the worlds that other people have created. So that I can knock their castles over, and watch them grieve.

Yes, I’m a horrible person.

Last Updated: January 28, 2015

13 Comments

  1. How is a space sim gonna work on Hololens, does it change your room into space? That would be rad but i dont think we will see something solid in a while.

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    • Admiral Chief

      January 28, 2015 at 08:15

      Just a valid excuse to give to the mrs to expand my man-cave

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      • Brady miaau

        January 28, 2015 at 08:24

        That is a valid excuse? Not to my missus

        Why not, it can transform a room so that when the in-laws come, they can comment on the new decor and how tidy and clean it is. Just, you know, finishing up on the floor, so, obviously, cannot walk there yet

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    • Brady miaau

      January 28, 2015 at 08:25

      Seen the Sphero 2? Pretty nifty concept at times!

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    • HairyEwok

      January 28, 2015 at 09:03

      Step one: Load the game
      Step two: Place HoloLens on head to activate augmented reality
      Step three: Get yourself a Nunchuck for windows and sit in your couch.
      The game then augments the space around your sitting as the space cockpit and you use the nunchucks to move the ship in directions.

      Yeah this is starting to look really plausible and exciting.

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      • Ghost In The Rift

        January 28, 2015 at 09:52

        LOL a Nunchuck, that could work!!!!

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    • Rico Alexander

      January 28, 2015 at 14:20

      The demo changed your room to mars so I’m sure space is doable.

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  2. Spaffy

    January 28, 2015 at 07:52

    This is brilliant. Can’t wait for what the next few years bring.

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  3. Pieter Kruger

    January 28, 2015 at 07:54

    This thing was made for strategy games!

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    • Admiral Chief

      January 28, 2015 at 08:12

      You said it man!

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  4. Mikhil

    January 28, 2015 at 09:44

    Calling it now… support implemented in next COD as a HUD overlay instead of being on your screen.

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  5. bob

    January 28, 2015 at 10:23

    How in the hell is Q2 looking bad for MS?

    http://www.microsoft.com/investor/EarningsAndFinancials/Earnings/PressReleaseAndWebcast/FY15/Q2/default.aspx
    Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue of $26.5 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2014.

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  6. Decembermaloy

    January 28, 2015 at 12:57

    Hmmm, Sword Art online in my lifetime, good news for all.

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