The HoloLens has yet to land in developers’ hands, but Microsoft is already teasing how the tech may look when it finally ships to consumers with a set of videos captured on the augmented reality headset.
The videos show streaming Xbox One games to the headset, thanks to the HoloLens’s Windows 10 backbone. Another video presents a user resizing Edge browser windows in 3D space, showing how users will be able to place multiple windows around their actual environment.
The videos, which were created using the actual HoloLens hardware, show off a field of view considerably larger than units that have been tested by various media outlets. This is likely capturing what the computer “sees” as oppsed to what consumers will see when wearing the HoloLens.
While users will be able to place virtual windows that stick to the physical environment around them, they likely won’t be able to see them all at once as displayed in the video.
But Microsoft may also be using upgraded technology. As GeekWire reported yesterday, Microsoft is bringing all HoloLens to the U.S. and may be switching up the technology powering its augmented reality headset.
However, the video shows more details about how the virtual windows will be moved and resized. Using a UI that looks like it will fit in with native Windows 10 apps, users hit a button on top of the window they want to resize. Blue squares appear at the corners of the window, letting them resize the windows just like on a desktop.
The videos come from HoloLens’s principle software engineer Miguel Susffalich and project manager Varun Mani. The HoloLens will start shipping to developers next year, for $3,000 a piece. A consumer launch has not been announced.