Microsoft is letting developers preorder the HoloLens development edition today. This may not seem exciting if you’re not a developer, but just wait—they’re also detailing exactly what’s inside the headset.
The HoloLens is fully untethered and self-contained, which means you don’t need a PC or phone to use it. Microsoft has built an entire Windows 10 device into a headset, using a custom-built Microsoft Holographic Processing Unit and an Intel 32 bit processor. In addition, the HoloLens hosts hardware and features including:
The $3,000 price tag definitely reflects all of those bells and whistles. Shipping begins March 30th.
On a more cost-conscious note, preorders have officially opened for HTC’s Vive virtual reality headset as of today at 10AM ET. Created in partnership with Valve, the Vive is going to start shipping on April 5th.
Here’s the cost rundown. Remember, these don’t include shipping or tax:
Check of HTC’s blog for other countries.
In addition to the headset, two controllers, and the Vive’s laser tracking system (which is described as “room-scale VR,” and uses two laser “lighthouses” to allow the user to move about and interact in a 5 x 5 meter [15 x 15 foot] space), preordering will get you a bonus of three games and apps:
So, which will you choose?