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HoloLens Version 1 More Aimed at Enterprise Users, Not Gaming

| July 14, 2015

HoloLens Version 1 More Aimed at Enterprise Users, Not Gaming News  Minecraft HoloLens

Microsoft’s HoloLens has been a huge hit among gamers, showing some truly impressive demos and promising a future of augmented reality magic. While the device is certainly aimed at gamers in the long term, according to an interview with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella that won’t come in the first version.

Speaking with ZDNet, Nadella was asked about the gaming potential of HoloLens, which has wowed gamers with displays of Minecraft running in an augmented reality world. He responded “For sure in the first version, it’s going to be more about developers and enterprise scenarios.”

However, this doesn’t mean that enterprise users are the only target, as Nadella explains, “I did buy Minecraft to create a new genre of gaming for mixed reality. 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.”

“In general Microsoft’s approach will be always this dual-use focus, or this multi-focus,” Nadella continued. “What we can uniquely do is bridge consumer to enterprise. That’s in our DNA. That’s why it’s even in our mission statement of empowering people and organizations. I want every technology of ours to seek that out. In the HoloLens case, when I look at the interest, it’s amazing how many are in hospitals, healthcare, retail. That’s where I’m seeing the interest and we’ll definitely go after it.”

Indeed the latest demo of the HoloLens was more focused on these enterprise users, such as doctors and hospitals. It was also the first demo to show the constrained field of view that many hands-on reports, including our own, were referencing.

Most other videos for HoloLens have seemingly promised a wide FOV, full of augmented reality holograms, but this smaller FOV is still pretty great, especially for the uses that Microsoft seems to be tailoring the device for. Perhaps HoloLens Version 2 and beyond can remedy some of these shortcomings and make the current promises a reality.

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    • Revolver Ocelot

      Keep telling yourself that. :)

      • The PC Master Race

        Andyscout are you implying your 720P VR is the future? Are you being deluded again like thinking PS4 has games?

        Andyscout what’s wrong you don’t want to reply to me any more? Feel like you want to end it all after all my E3 predictions were true and PS4 still has no games?

  • XbotMK1

    Once again Microsoft is full of lies, over promising, and under deliver. They lied about Kinect and now Hololens. They bought Minecraft because they’re greedy and they lack first party talent.

    Microsoft tricked the fanboys as allways.

    • shah

      they lack 1st party talent, yet they come up with a ground breaking tech, Hololens. Yes the FOV is small, but GG2 & 1 is smaller..Cant compare with VR, Different category. Yes i guess those guys at JPL/NASA are idiots to utilize Hololens in ISS, Yes??

    • STRIKE

      Really? Again with bold claims you cant proof? My god this gen has breed a sick community.

      • shah

        its seems that society now are more self entitled, if its not perfect for me then its shyte. They want things to come perfectly on day one, God technology doesn’t evolve / work that way.

        • STRIKE

          Sometimes being self entitled is good because you want better not worse but sometimes people abuse it and do/say the dumbest things.

    • ?????

      What lies? Spouting BS again? :^)

    • The PC Master Race

      Sounds like the Hololens is like Sony’s 2015 and 2016 line up of PS4 exclusives.


    • The PC Master Race

      The only difference between M$ and $ony fanboys is that the $ony fanboys scream everyone else was tricked while the greatest trick $ony ever pulled was selling them a console with no games and no future.

    • ImmaDragon

      What kind of troll are you?

    • Streight Salt

      This guy just not read the article right, we can use hololense other than gaming but the final version we can use for gaming in the long term, they bought minecraft because it makes money, Microsoft is not a gaming company it’s a company with a gaming division, until you get that right then you can understand the logic of the situation but knowing you it’s not possible

  • Guest

    They still used 15 minutes of the XBOX E3 press conference to show this.
    I personally never saw hololens has a gaming device. Besides minecraft, card games and 1-2 other types I just don’t see many games made for Hololens.

    • Revolver Ocelot

      They had to fill up a weak conference with something.

      • ?????

        I guess that’s why COD and PS Vue were at Sony’s E3. :^)

        • Country Boy Lucifer

          Its why Sony games swept the awards and xbox games . . . not so much.

          • The PC Master Race

            Also on PC
            Also on PC
            30FPS dragged out of storage PS2 title with framedrops with none of the original talent
            Ended with an actual movie

            No one cares.

          • ?????

            Swept awards? Links for this? :^)

          • Country Boy Lucifer

            Won’t allow me to post links.

            Just type Sony Exclusives sweep e3 awards and you’ll get the full list of noms and winners.

            see for yourself little idiot xbot.

          • The PC Master Race

            Funny because I see Fallout 4 swept the board. A game that is practically a PC exclusive with mods and graphical enhancement mods the consoles won’t be able to run.

            Looks like no one cares about those PS4 “Exclusives”* :^)

            *Also on PC

          • ?????

            So 4 awards sweeps it? Most of the winners were multiplats, like Fallout 4 and Battlefront.
            Try again, floppsy. :^)

          • Country Boy Lucifer

            12 nominations (double that of the x1) and 4 wins

            More than any other company.

            Try harder little idiot xbot ;)

          • ?????

            And where is this, floppsy? I went on Game Critic Awards and found that Horizon and Uncharted only won those four awards.

            Best of Show
            Fallout 4
            (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

            Best Original Game
            Horizon Zero Dawn
            (Guerrilla Games/Sony Computer Entertainment for PlayStation 4)

            Best Console Game
            Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
            (Naughty Dog/Sony Computer Entertianment for PlayStation 4)

            Best Handheld/Mobile Game
            The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes
            (Nintendo for 3DS)

            Best PC Game
            Fallout 4
            (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

            Best Hardware/Peripheral
            Oculus Touch
            (Oculus VR)

            Best Action Game
            Star Wars Battlefront
            (DICE/EA for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

            Best Action/Adventure Game
            Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
            (Naughty Dog/Sony Computer Entertainment for PlayStation 4)

            Best Role Playing Game
            Fallout 4
            (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

            Best Racing Game
            Need for Speed
            (Ghost Games/EA for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

            Best Sports Game
            FIFA 16
            (EA Canada/EA Sports for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

            Best Family/Social Game
            Super Mario Maker
            (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo for Wii U)
            Best Online Multiplayer
            Star Wars Battlefront
            (DICE/EA for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

            Best Independent Game
            No Man’s Sky
            (Hello Games for PC, PlayStation 4)

            Special Commendation for Graphics
            Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
            (Naughty Dog/Sony Computer Entertainment for PlayStation 4)

            All on the site. Keep crying. :^)

          • Country Boy Lucifer

            Where is what?

            Go look at the nominations and the wins and you’ll see what I said is a fact.

            Horizon one one award.

            Unchartered won 3

            And there were 12 nominations for ps4 exclusives.

            Look it up little idiot xbot….

          • ?????

            Oh, nominations. Not awards. :^)

          • Country Boy Lucifer

            More wins than any other company and more nominations than any other company….

            Double the nominations of the x1

          • ?????

            Nomination =/= award.

          • Country Boy Lucifer

            Yes now you’re starting to get it.

            Nominations AND awards.

            Ps4 exclusives got the most of both of them.

          • ?????

            Its funny how you start talking about nominations. You said they swept awards. Not nominations. Trying to make it sound better?
            And winning one more award than Bethesda isn’t “sweeping up awards”. :^)

          • Country Boy Lucifer

            Well its pointless arguing over semantics.

            I think more nominations and more wins is sweeping the awards.

            When people say sweeping the awards they are referring to the award ceremony. But let’s forget about that and focus on the facts.

            12 nominations. 4 wins.

            More than any other company

            Double the nominations of the x1

            There you go little idiot xbot, just concentrate on the facts if you wish

          • ?????

            “I think more nominations and more wins is sweeping the awards.”
            Yep. You think. :^)

      • The PC Master Race

        Could have been worse. Could have been begging for money on stage.

        Or showing TVTVTV when they said they wouldn’t

        Or briefly talking about a 720P VR they are almost embarrassed to be talking about with no games for it

        Or showing everything on PC so it’s basically worthless to buy a PS4 when you can buy the superior version of No Man’s Sky on PC the same day.

        Poor andyscout. Two years on and still no games on PS4. And none in 2016 either. It’s going to be such a long wait trying to proclaim 4/10 turds like Godzilla and J-Stars as worthwhile titles to buy. Just more and more meltdowns and buyers remorse.

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