Microsoft unveils $3,500 HoloLens 2 Development Edition ‘mixed reality’ headset

Microsoft unveils $3,500 HoloLens 2 Development Edition ‘mixed reality’ headset

Microsoft has announced the HoloLens 2 Development Edition, which will allow anyone to get their hands on the company's latest AR headset.

Instead, Microsoft has included some extras in the package it hopes will appeal to developers while also offering devs the option to pay for the $3,500 headset in monthly payments.

Bringing together HoloLens 2, Azure Mixed Reality Services, and Unity Pro, the most widely used real-time 3D development platform, makes it easy for developers to create professional mixed reality experiences using your industrial design data.

Microsoft wants to bring more developers into its ecosystem to build "mixed reality" apps, and Microsoft today announced a Development Edition of the second-generation HoloLens headset to accomplish that mission. The Development Edition "will be available for preorder soon and ship later this year", a Microsoft spokesperson told Tom's Hardware. Submit your talk here.

Months after official releases, and showcasing the headset at Mobile World Congress 2019, Microsoft still hasn't set an exact release date for the HoloLens 2. That's the same price that Microsoft said it would charge for the normal, shipping version of HoloLens when it arrives later in 2019.

The original HoloLens was launched back in 2016. We got to spend some hands-on time with the retail version of the HoloLens 2, and were impressed by its ability to overlay high-resolution graphics on top of real objects. Developers will be able to take advantage of native platform integration to create augmented-reality and virtual-reality experiences using Unreal Engine 4.

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