Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 mixed Reality headset, announced earlier this year, went on sale today for $3,500 and will be delivered to pre-order customers in six countries. This is an upgraded version of the device, which was first released in 2016 and has a wider field of view and supports more complex gesture control.
HoloLens 2 started shipping in the US, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and the UK, and holoLens 2 has been redesigned compared to the previous generation to achieve better ergonomic performance, lighter weight and significantly increased field of view, from 34 degrees diagonal to 52 degrees diagonally.
Microsoft has also added full gesture tracking, not just the original HoloLens “AirTap and Click” option. You can do things like pinch and drag objects or pull out menus by clicking a holographic button on your wrist. These new gestures are attractive to industry users who might want to upgrade from the early HoloLens, as they open up a new set of application options.
Microsoft has designed prototypes of some games and art applications for the first HoloLens, but the $3,500 price tag is clearly a disappointment for corporate customers, especially those working in manufacturing or maintenance, but in the case of Microsoft store products on display, Ordinary customers may still interact with it. Microsoft is customizing the U.S. military version of holoLens as part of the controversial integrated vision enhancement system.
Greg Sullivan, Microsoft’s communications director, said support for the original HoloLens would continue, but some developers might need to start building the HoloLens 2 gesture-controlled app.