Microsoft has grand plans for HoloLens, which include ushering in a new category of hardware driven by holograms.

In an interview with The New York TImes, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed that HoloLens played a major role in the purchase of Minecraft for $2.5 billion earlier this year, with the game touted as the ideal platform for showcasing the capabilities offered by the hardware:

"Let's have a game that, in fact, will fundamentally help us change new categories. HoloLens was very much in the works then, and we knew it."

During Microsoft's announcement of HoloLens in January, the Redmond giant demoed HoloBuilder, a Minecraft-inspired game that allows users to build virtual worlds that project onto real-world objects.

Microsoft is yet to reveal the pricing of HoloLens, although an exec shared that it would "cost significantly more than a game console." For all we know about the hardware, there isn't a specific launch date available, with Nadella stating that there is a lot of work to be done before the headset sees light of day:

"I don't want to overhype it like Google Glass and say this is the next. I want us to be deliberate about what it is."

Source: The New York Times; Via: Engadget