Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 headset was first announced earlier this year, and now, it’s finally shipping to customers. Improvements from the original model include a diagonal field of view of 52°, which improves over the 34° field of view of the first edition, all the while keeping a resolution of 47 pixels per degree. This mixed reality device combines the company’s artificial intelligence, Azure, and cloud-computing platforms into one. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
Priced at $3500 for select customers, it’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 SoC and improved latency, thanks to Perception A.I., which makes it easy for users to manipulate and interact with holograms without any lag. For added security, Microsoft added a Windows Hello Iris scanner for authentication.
Without eye tracking, aligning holograms to the real world – especially the person’s physical hand – would just be impossible to the level of precision needed to allow instinctual interaction,” said Jamie Shotton, a partner scientist who leads the HoloLens science team in Cambridge, United Kingdom.
- Next level gameplay: Launching with original games and experiences like Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series
- All-in-one VR: Simply set up the device with your Oculus mobile app and Oculus Quest has everything you need to explore VR, right out of the box
- Insight tracking: Oculus Insight tracking system instantly reflects your movements in VR without the need for any external accessories
- Touch controllers: Oculus Touch controllers precisely recreate your hands, their gestures and interactions, so every game is real enough to reach out and touch
- Beyond room-scale: Oculus Quest works with your environment, so you can play standing or sitting, in spaces big or small