In the near future, Microsoft Mesh will allow you to play Pokemon Go with a holographic friend, and to show how this experience might be, Niantic CEO John Hanke joined Microsoft technical fellow Alex Kipman at a San Francisco park. Hanke then went on to demonstrate a version of Pokemon Go that works with the Microsoft HoloLens 2 headset. Unfortunately, it’s not intended for consumer use and more a proof-of-concept to show what is possible. Read more for the video and additional information.
The coolest part of the demonstration was when Hanke used the headset’s hand-tracking function to open up a menu to access characters and items. On the bright side, the Niantic CEO did confirm that his company is partnering with Microsoft on new kinds of experiences that advance innovation at the seam of the digital physical worlds and connect people together like never before.
- Next-level Hardware - Make every move count with a blazing-fast processor and our highest-resolution display
- All-In-One Gaming - With backward compatibility, you can explore new titles and old favorites in the expansive Quest content library
- Immersive Entertainment - Get the best seat in the house to live concerts, groundbreaking films, exclusive events and more
- Quest 2 requires your Facebook account to log in, making it easy to meet up with friends in VR and discover communities around the world
- Easy Setup - Just open the box, set up with the smartphone app and jump into VR. No PC or console needed. Requires wireless internet access and the Oculus app (free download) to set up device
While this demo is not intended for consumer use, it offers an early glimpse into the future evolutions in both software and hardware. We’ve only scratched the surface. We know the years ahead to be filled with important achievements which will serve as waypoints in AR’s journey to become a life-changing computing platform,” said John Hanke, CEO and founder of Niantic.