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Microsoft launches HoloLens 2 Development Edition for $3,500

HoloLens 2 with phone
HoloLens 2 with phone (Image credit: Windows Central)

Microsoft today announced the launch of the HoloLens 2 Development Edition. Revealed ahead of Build 2019, the new bundle is meant to get Microsoft's latest mixed reality headset into the hands of developers.

Though HoloLens 2 officially made its debut at Mobile World Congress 2019 in February, it has since been available to preorder through "expressions of interest" in select countries. The HoloLens 2 Development Edition gives more developers a chance to start creating apps and mixed reality experiences, provided they have $3,500 or $99 per month to spare.

Developers who pick up the new bundle will also receive Azure credits, along with three-month trials of Unity Pro and the Unity PiXYZ Plugin for CAD data.

In addition to the launch of the development edition, Microsoft revealed that Unreal Engine 4 support will land on HoloLens 2 before the end of May. Developers will be able to take advantage of native platform integration to create augmented-reality and virtual-reality experiences using Unreal Engine 4.

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  • Are there any stats that show how many people, or organizations, are using this, or developing for it?
  • "According to the EPO's video presentation, Microsoft claims that they've sold about 50,000 HoloLens devices."
    This was from last July. November news was that Microsoft is selling 100.000 Hololense 2 devices to US Army. So I say they are in a growth business.
  • what about to update the comment platform to something more modern, with a proper voting system and notifications like disqus?