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Microsoft drops big clue about HoloLens release date

It’s no surprise that Microsoft’s augmented reality headset is hotly anticipated, but when can we actually get one?

The wait might not be too long, as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that the first version of the HoloLens will be shipping “within the next year”.

Unfortunately the device – version “V1” – will only be shipping to developers initially, as a prototype edition.

Nadella, speaking in an interview with the BBC, said that the V1 will be focused “more around developers and enterprises”.

He went on to describe the HoloLens proper as a “five year journey”, which means consumers might not get their hands on one for a while.

Microsoft first announced HoloLens back in January alongside the new Windows Holographic computing platform.

The platform features an augmented-reality environment that any of Microsoft’s newly-universal Windows apps can run on.

Perhaps most excitingly, it means you’ll be able to play games like Minecraft in a real world environment – on your coffee table, for instance.

Related: What is HoloLens?

The headset had been in development for five years before its 2015 announcement, built under the codename “Project Baraboo”.

Microsoft has already confirmed that HoloLens will be made available “in the Windows 10 timeframe”, however Nadella’s new comments are our first definitive clue regarding a release date.

TrustedReviews has had hands-on time with the Microsoft HoloLens, which you can read all about right here.

Will you be rushing out to buy Microsoft’s AR headset? Let us know in the comments.

Still not convinced about the AR/VR hype train? See how Samsung’s Gear VR fares on the streets of London below: