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Microsoft Reveals Project X-Ray for HoloLens

Microsoft has teased potential videogame applications of its HoloLens mixed reality (MR) head-mounted display (HMD) already this year, showcasing the ever-popular Minecraft series working with the device. The demo, shown at E3, allowed players to look into the iconic blocky world while another played on a traditional screen. Today, however, the company has showcased a brand new project that reveals some brand new features for the device. This project is currently codenamed Project X-Ray.

HoloLens Project XRAY screenshot

Project X-Ray was revealed during a Windows 10 briefing today at the company’s own headquarters. The title featured a ‘holographic gauntlet’ that the user wore around his arm, seemingly growing out of a handheld controller. This allowed him to effectively aim at enemy a series of enemy robots that burst into the scene, virtually destroying a real wall on-stage. The piece featured spatial audio and more as the player used his voice to switch weapon types and even bring up a shield to defend himself from incoming first.

The demo ended with a much larger enemy crawling his way onto the stage. It wasn’t revealed when we might see more of the experience.

During the same conference Microsoft revealed that the Development Edition of HoloLens would be arriving in Q1 2016 for a price of $3,000.

VRFocus will continue to follow HoloLens closely, reporting back with the latest updates on its progress.

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