Some lucky software developers will soon have access to the Microsoft HoloLens Developer Edition. The first wave of shipments for the augmented reality headset will arrive a few days earlier than Microsoft's previously announced March 30 shipment date.

The news about the first wave of shipments was confirmed by software developer Rafael Rivera on his Twitter account (via WinBeta). Microsoft first sent out invites to developers who had registered to purchase the $3,000 headset in February. Microsoft has not yet stated how many pre-orders it has received for the HoloLens Developer Edition.

While the main purpose of this version of the headset is to help developers make their own HoloLens apps, there are already a number of them available to download in the Windows Store, including a version of Skype, games like Young Conker and RoboRaid, and others.