With the 1st gen HoloLens, Microsoft had two different editions targeting developers and enterprise customers. With HoloLens 2, Microsoft will be selling only one edition and that is for the enterprise. Yes, an independent developer interested in developing for HoloLens will be finding it difficult to buy the HoloLens hardware. When I asked Microsoft about the reason behind this move, a Microsoft spokesperson offered the following statement:
Among the things we learned with the original Microsoft HoloLens is the commercial value this device delivers to customers in a variety of industries and use cases. Market signal has increased our focus on commercial customers, and Microsoft HoloLens 2 is an enterprise device. However, we are inspired by the device’s use cases, and we welcome partners and developers to explore new solutions for our customers.
For enterprise customers, Microsoft is now offering two different ways to buy HoloLens 2 device. First, for $3500, an enterprise can buy a HoloLens 2 device. Second, they can buy HoloLens 2 with Dynamics 365 Remote Assist bundle starting at $125 per month.
You can pre-order it here from Microsoft.