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ASUS wants to build its own Microsoft HoloLens device

Top executives at ASUS and Microsoft have confirmed the two firms are in talks over a possible third-party version of the HoloLens AR headset.

ASUS CEO Jonney Shih and Microsoft EVP of Windows and devices Terry Myerson confirmed the possibility to CNET, in a report published on Monday.

The acknowledgement is the first we’ve heard from Microsoft on using its Windows Holographic operating system to create a whole new family of devices.

Everything we’re doing in hardware, we do with the mind of how do we grow the Windows ecosystem,” Myerson said. “That is why we’re investing to create a category.”

ASUS, it appears, is the first company to step into the void. Shih said the company is “still evaluating” what form its device will take and advised folks will have to “wait and see.”

See also: Microsoft HoloLens explained

Microsoft is currently putting the finishing touches to the developer version of its device, which it is promising to roll out in early 2016 for the considerable price of $3,000. The firm hasn’t announced anything regarding an affordable, consumer-based HoloLens just yet.

“When my kids can’t put the Minecraft on HoloLens down,” Myerson added, “we know it’s ready for Minecraft players.”

It seems likely that, whenever this does happen, ASUS will be at the front of the queue with a consumer HoloLens.

With the company’s record for creating high-quality, but affordable PCs, it might be tailor made for the job.

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