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E3 is June 16-18 in Los Angeles this year, and thanks to their recently updated website, Microsoft has confirmed they will be bringing HoloLens along with them to the convention.

HoloLens is Microsoft’s foray into Augmented Reality (AR). AR is when you have a view of the real-world environment and your view is “augmented” by computer-generated graphics, sound, or video. This is different the the plethora of Virtual Reality (VR) headsets that companies like Oculus, Valve, Samsung, and Sony are developing. In a VR headset your entire world view is covered by the headset and you are shown an entirely virtual world.

Today at their Build Developer Conference Microsoft showed off some HoloLens demos.  The first showed how a normal consumer could use HoloLens in their home showing off the video player, Skype, and Microsoft Edge. The demo showed how you can pin them to walls in your house, or have them follow you around as you move throughout your house.

The next demo showed off the educational applications of HoloLens. The demo showed how HoloLens could be used to teach people about the human body, picking specific body parts to separate from the body and focus on, and going through the different layers of the human body from musculature, skeleton, and cardiovascular system. If these demos were in fact true live demos then Holo Lens is looking to be a pretty revolutionary piece of technology reminiscent of Tony Stark’s lab in Marvel movies.

With these demos we are getting a taste of what HoloLens is capable of. With HoloLens coming to E3 we will hopefully get a look at the gaming capabilities of HoloLens and what we can look forward to when HoloLens is finally released. You can check out Microsoft’s HoloLens YouTube channel HoloLens YouTube Channel to check out the hardware of HoloLens.

What do you think of HoloLens so far? How do you think Microsoft will use it in regards to video games?

Kyle Downey

Staff Writer

Staff Writer looking to keep you both informed and entertained. Favorite games include: Pokemon, Overwatch, Golden Sun, Portal, and Elder Scrolls.

  • Benjamin Stanley

    I want to make games for hololens that is all.

  • PossiblyCthulhu

    This neatly solves the biggest problem with VR – it’s very hard to both immerse yourself in a virtual world yet remain cognisant of the real world (i.e. not walk into things, hit people with flailing arms etc.) I fundamentally think that HoloLens has far more practical applications than Oculus, etc. and it’s because of this, I think it will sell rather well – whether that will be in the initial hardware or a couple of revisions later.

    If they can ensure that lag is virtually non existent, or potentially find someway of adding wires should you need it (for ethernet, etc) then suddenly you don’t need a projector for your XBox games, you just stream it into AR space and if I could get that with Steam streaming, then I’m sold.

    From another perspective for gaming, I’d love something like this to be used with GECK or Creation Kit, load up a world space and position things in my mod etc. but that’s probably a pipe dream.

    Outside of gaming, I think the potential for things like education is almost unlimited, imagine being able to see the Battle of Waterloo reenacted using the Total War engine in the middle of a class group during a History lesson, or exploding a car engine out to see some of it’s core parts….

    I’m not sure why, but out of all the VR/AR developments, it’s HoloLens that intrigues me the most.

  • Kazzong

    It will be running windows 10. 🙂

  • Kazzong

    it has WiFi I believe. and as it runs windows, you can certainly run steam on it. 🙂 no how you are going to have any kind of input… Bluetooth mouse and keyboard or controller perhaps?

    and if you want to play Xbox games on it then you can use the Xbox app to stream them to the device and use it that way. 🙂

  • PossiblyCthulhu

    I imagine if you could get something like the Razer Orbweaver/Logitech Gameboard in an ergonmic, portable, lightweight design specifically for AR/VR, I think it’d really help towards expanding HoloLens