Microsoft unveiled theHoloLens earlier in the year, and also demoed it at E3 this year. And whilst the main promotional content for it has been gaming applications, that’s not what Microsoft want from the first version.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has said that the first version ofHoloLens won’t be focussing on gaming applications, rather enterprise scenarios and what developers are able to do with it. However Nadella recently stated, in an interview with ZDNet, that one of the main reasons Microsoft paid $2.5 billion for Minecraft is that it has major HoloLens potential. So don’t be too worried, as it appears that the HoloLens has been developed with gaming in mind as well as a few other things.
“I did buy Minecraft to create a new genre of gaming for mixed reality,” he said. “We bought Minecraft for many reasons: because it’s the number one PC app; it’s the number one console app; it’s the number one paid mobile app on iOS and Android. I wanted a hit game even for the new medium of mixed reality. And we will have that. Gaming will always be a scenario and there will be other entertainment broadly. But, with the V.1 of HoloLens, I want us to push a lot more of the enterprise usage.”
Not many real-life applications exist of HoloLens yet, but Microsoft showcased an amazing Minecraft demo at E3 this year. Check it out in the video below.