You can now buy your own HoloLens (but should wait a while before you do)


Up until now, only developers could get their hands on a HoloLens – Microsoft's futuristic augmented reality headset. What's more, they had to go through a special application process to be bestowed with the company's approval. Well, that's a thing of the past now, as the big M has decided to give everyone a chance to try out its AR device.

There would be scant point in doing this, of course, as at this stage there is simply not a lot that you can do with a HoloLens. It will likely be quite a while before an end consumer version of the headset is released, thus leading to its wider adoption and, consequently, to more software being developed for it.

If you want to get your own futuristic AR headset anyway, you have to meet the following requirements:

  1. You must be located in the US or Canada
  2. You need a Microsoft account
  3. You need $3000 – that's what a unit costs

You should keep in mind that although pretty much anyone can now buy a HoloLens, the device is still very much aimed at developers, hence the hefty price tag and online-only availability.

Microsoft made HoloLens development units available to select developers back in March, and the fact that it is opening up to the general public so soon is surprising and impressive at the same time, as it indicates confidence in both the hardware's qualities and Microsoft's own abilities to produce it in mass quantities.

source: Microsoft Store via TechCrunch

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10 Comments

1. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Dammit. I don't fit any of the requirements.

2. Landon

Posts: 1247; Member since: May 07, 2015

I tried one of these out and it's easily the sweetest tech I've ever used. Hopefully they'll fix the field of view before it's released to the public.

3. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

buy**

4. Alacorn

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 24, 2016

Can't wait for gen 2 or 3, when the device will be polished and refined for mass consumer market. Then we can kick in to trash those one purpose VRs or silly phone/head strapons.

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7540; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

AR is good for some things and VR is good for others. The crap that you are talking about is just stupid on your part. For instance some games you just don't want to see the background that is in front of you. I for one would not want to play a call of duty game with your furniture, TV, and other items in your FOV. The vast majority of people would not want that either. Clearly your love of all things from Microsoft has made you ignorant to what is already out there. Get out their and actually look at other tech as well before spouting off your nonsense. Besides that Microsoft's AR headset has to fix that very small FOV of only 35 degrees.

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7540; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

AR is good for some things and VR is good for others. The crap that you are talking about is just stupid on your part. For instance some games you just don't want to see the background that is in front of you. I for one would not want to play a call of duty game with your furniture, TV, and other items in your FOV. The vast majority of people would not want that either. Clearly your love of all things from Microsoft has made you ignorant to what is already out there. Get out their and actually look at other tech as well before spouting off your nonsense. Besides that Microsoft's AR headset has to fix that very small FOV of only 35 degrees.

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7540; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

AR is good for some things and VR is good for others. The crap that you are talking about is just stupid on your part. For instance some games you just don't want to see the background that is in front of you. I for one would not want to play a call of duty game with your furniture, TV, and other items in your FOV. The vast majority of people would not want that either. Clearly your love of all things from Microsoft has made you ignorant to what is already out there. Get out their and actually look at other tech as well before spouting off your nonsense. Besides that Microsoft's AR headset has to fix that very small FOV of only 35 degrees.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7540; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

AR is good for some things and VR is good for others. The crap that you are talking about is just stupid on your part. For instance some games you just don't want to see the background that is in front of you. I for one would not want to play a call of duty game with your furniture, TV, and other items in your FOV. The vast majority of people would not want that either. Clearly your love of all things from Microsoft has made you ignorant to what is already out there. Get out their and actually look at other tech as well before spouting off your nonsense. Besides that Microsoft's AR headset has to fix that very small FOV of only 35 degrees.

5. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

"You need a Microsoft account" This is like saying you need the internet. There are 35 million more users with ms account than those with gmail account

10. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I'd much rather pickup a Surface Book for that price. Currently no guaranteed use of the Hololens in my work flow.

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