At it WinHEC event in Shenzhen, China, executive vice president for Microsoft’s Windows and devices group Terry Myerson just announced that Microsoft’s Hololens device will be made available in China in the first half of 2017. The company has already submitted the device for regulatory approval in the country. The headset was recently made available in United Kingdom, France, Ireland, Germany, New Zealand, and Australian markets back in October, and Japan after that. There’s no word on pricing yet, but based on pricing in other markets, like $3000 in the US, 2719 pounds in the UK, and 3299 euros in Germany, France and Ireland, the headset is expected to cost about 22,000 Yaun.
“There is more energy around mixed reality in Asia than in other parts of the world,” said Myerson,
When the headset is released in the country, both developers and consumers will be able to purchase it. At the event, Microsoft also said it would partner with Shenzhen-based VR hardware start-up 3Glasses to bring its Windows Holographic support to 3Glasses’ S1 headset, which will be available for purchase next year.
“What you’re going to start seeing in the next 12 to 18 months is that a lot of these devices, such as 3Glasses’ S1, will start becoming available for consumers to buy and take home,” Microsoft HoloLens creator Alex Kipman said.