Microsoft's HoloLens 2 goes on sale in September

Yolanda Curtis
August 30, 2019

Microsoft's executive vice president Harry Shum has confirmed today at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai, Microsoft will be launching their new second-generation HoloLens augmented reality headset next month during September 2019. Reuters now reports that the HoloLens 2 headset will go on sale in September.

That's exciting stuff, as when we popped the HoloLens 2 on our head at MWC earlier this year, we were suitably impressed by how far the headset had evolved from its first iteration, which was by no means an unimpressive bit of hardware.

It has a camera capable of 8 MP photos and 1080p video at 30 fps, lists a five-channel microphone array, an accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer.

"As we announced in February, Microsoft HoloLens 2 will begin shipping later this year".

Pre-orders for the HoloLens 2 headset had been open for a while now however an official discharge had been deferred until the item had gotten an endorsement from the FFC. It was priced at $3000 and was entirely enterprise-focused. One of the main grievances with the original HoloLens was the field-of-view (FoV), coming in at a rather restrictive 35-degrees (an Oculus Rift is 110-degree for example).

Are you interested in HoloLens 2 or do you prefer an alternative? The front part has a hinge design allowing for an easy dropping and dropping out of any immersive experience.

Also, the product is now only available in the U.S., Germany, France, Ireland, Australia, UK and New Zealand. The Developer Edition will cost $99 a month and will pack some extra goodies like $500 in Azure credits, plus 3-month trials of Unity Pro and the PiXYZ plugin (which helps you view CAD-based models in AR).

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