Microsoft is considering adding PC and Xbox One support to the HoloLens, if the device’s initial launch works well.
The HoloLens is designed as a standalone product rather than a peripheral for your PC, console, tablet, phone or other device.
Although it’s initially being developed as its own product category, Microsoft is contemplating whether it will add PC and Xbox One support in the future.
Speaking with Polygon, Xbox boss Phil Spencer revealed that if the HoloLens is successfully launched as a standalone product, it would then be configured to work with existing platforms.
“We think it’s important the [HoloLens] succeeds as a stand-alone device,” said Spencer. “I think the experiences you see today are all standalone. They’re running in the device itself, which is really an accomplishment. There’s no tether to something else, cause what you’re going to see is fairly high fidelity experiences that I think will be impressive that it’s running right here. We wanted to land that first.”
The augmented reality technology HoloLens runs on Windows 10 and allows you to place holographic imagery over your natural field of vision. You’ll be able to interact with what you see in front of you by using various gestures.
It knows exactly where your eyes are gazing at all times, meaning you can just point your fingers at items you can see to select them.
That will make it easy to select apps and other content in the Windows 10 interface.
The HoloLens headset has a see through lens and Spatial audio.
Although Minecraft was a large part of the Windows 10 event demonstration of the HoloLens, Spencer added that the device’s primary function isn’t gaming.
“I think gaming will be important. Specific scenarios with the Xbox we’re thinking hard about where people could ask about streaming solutions, use it as a display for Xbox, we don’t have answers for any of those things.”