Microsoft HoloLens finally ventures outside of North America in latest expansion

Microsoft HoloLens finally ventures outside of North America in latest expansion
Like it or not, virtual reality is here and upon us. The HTC Vive and Oculus Rift launched earlier this year, Samsung's Gear VR has been out for quite some time, and Sony will be launching their own VR headset for the PlayStation 4 later this year. There's no doubt that virtual reality truly is changing the landscape of mobile technology and the way we interact with it, and among all of these devices, one of the most interesting ones is Microsoft's HoloLens.

HoloLens is technically an augmented reality headset instead of a traditional virtual reality one, but it still falls in that same general category. Microsoft first announced the headset back in January of 2015, and as we inch closer and closer to its 2 year announcement anniversary, Microsoft has finally announced that the headset will finally be making its way outside of North America. The HoloLens Development Edition has been available in the United States and Canada for some time now, and the headset costs $3,000 and CAD $4,000 in each country respectively.


In the new announcement from Microsoft, HoloLens will be making its way to 6 different countries across the globe. Those countries and their respective pricing are as follows -

  • Australia = $4369
  • New Zealand = $4699
  • Germany = €3299
  • Ireland = €3299
  • France = €3299
  • United Kingdom = £2719

While pre-orders are open now, Microsoft has said that HoloLens won't start shipping out to these countries until "late November." Although the headset is still only being offered as a Development Edition, it's still great to see it finally makes its way to folks outside of North America. Microsoft hasn't outlined any additional information in regards to further global expansion, but we wouldn't be surprised to see more and more countries get access to the company's AR headset in the near future.

source: Microsoft via Neowin

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7 Comments

1. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

i fear another monopoly from microsoft/facebook,if others dont act fast....windows is gradually taking the VR/AR space.. The huge pricing of hololens is to allow OEMs have a breathing space

3. Fona13A unregistered

That and, a lot of extremely experimental engineering went into this.

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Monopoly at $3000+. I don't think so. Plus the FOV (field of view) is the worst on the market, at 35°. In Hololens current state. It is not even a threat to VR. You do know that VR and AR are different things. I believe AR will have to use a full display just like current VR solutions. The only difference is cameras will have to be mounted on the outside of the headset. That is the only way that I can see AR/VR together take off. But Hololens is far from that.

6. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

They're working on it... https://mspoweruser.com/microsoft-research-propose-solution-small-field-view-vr-ar-video/ Just curious, have you tried the Hololens?

2. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

i'm yet to see what magic leap is up to

4. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

I've used both a Gear VR and a version of the Hololens (I'm not sure if it was the most updated version with a better field of view) but the Hololens is hands down the coolest tech I've ever used. In my opinion, AR > VR.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

AR or VR Why not both? MR (Mixed Reality) is AR AND VR MR is the true future, but its least ready at the moment

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