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Microsoft HoloLens field of view fairly limited

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The Microsoft HoloLens' field of view isn't quite as impressive as originally portrayed, it has emerged.

Although the HoloLens is a long way off from a consumer launch, Microsoft is slowly releasing more details about its augmented reality headset.

Neowin has reported details outlined by Microsoft's technical evangelist Bruce Harris speaking at a Tel Aviv tech event.

Harris revealed that the HoloLens' field of view is quite limited, as that will help reduce cost and improve battery life.

In fact, he actually stated that the final field of view is equivalent to someone standing two-feet away from a 15-inch monitor.

He added that this should be improved with later iterations, but the first version certainly won't offer anything close to what was shown of the actual user experience at that E3 2015 demo.

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However, in happier news Harris explained that any universal Windows 10 application will be supported natively on HoloLens, and the device will be totally wireless. It will also support Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

The battery life though will also be a little disheartening, with users getting around 5.5 hours on a single charge. Although, Harris did mention that heavy use would bring that down to around 2.5 hours.

HoloLens has yet to gain a release date, but developer kits will be available for $3000 sometime this quarter.

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