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Microsoft HoloLens is the world’s most advanced holographic computing platform, enabled by Windows 10. For the first time ever, Microsoft HoloLens brings high-definition holograms to life in your world, where they integrate with your physical places, spaces, and things. When Microsoft demoed it to the press earlier this week, they showed a Minecraft like game. HoloLens intelligently maps the room you’re in, blending holograms with the environment around you and you can interact with holograms and everyday objects together.
Speaking about HoloLens in an interview to Engadget, Xbox chief Phil Spencer said that Microsoft is thinking about bringing games to HoloLens. “It’s very cool. To me there’s not a successful consumer electronics device on the planet where gaming is not a primary form of app category on the thing,” Spencer said. HoloLens can function independently, no cords, no phones, no wires, no tethers. So, developers can write games for HoloLens platform.
The other possibility is streaming. Is is possible to stream Xbox One games to HoloLens and use it as a display? Spencer said that it is “clearly on the roadmap.”
“I think gaming will be important. Specific scenarios with the Xbox, we’re thinking hard about. People could ask about streaming solutions. Could I use it as a display for my Xbox? We don’t have answers to any of those things, but know it’s all part of the same organization.”
Apart from the game streaming scenario where it could act as display, there are more interesting possibilities. HoloLens could aim to offer a companion experience. Imagine you are playing some game on your TV, HoloLens could project Holograms associated with the game in the room to amplify the environment. It will be interesting to see how Microsoft will make use of this technology in the coming months.