Microsoft launches HoloLens 2 Development Edition in the U.S.

Man wearing HoloLens 2
Man wearing HoloLens 2 (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • HoloLens 2 Development Edition is now available in the U.S.
  • Pricing remains $3,500, but you'll get free Azure credits and 3-month licenses for Unity Pro and more.
  • A $99 per month fincancing option is expected in 2021.
  • HoloLens 2 Development Edition is available at Microsoft (opens in new tab).

HoloLens developers in the U.S. can now get their hands on a HoloLens 2 Development Edition. Microsoft announced the availability (opens in new tab) today, noting that the Development Edition headset will be headed to more countries by the end of the year.

Pricing remains the same as the standalone headset, which went on general sale at the Microsoft Store (opens in new tab) earlier this year. For 3,500 you'll get the headset, along with $500 worth of Azure credits. Microsoft also includes 3-month licenses to Unity Pro, along with the Pixyz plugin.

The total value of the package, Microsoft says, comes in at $4,750, so you're getting quite a bit extra for your $3,500.

If you live outside of the U.S., Microsoft says that it expects to make the HoloLens 2 Development Edition available in Canada, Germany, France, UK, Ireland, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, and Italy by the end of 2020. In 2021, the company says it also plans to make a financing option available for $99 per month.

The HoloLens 2 builds on the original, upgrading nearly everything that made it an interesting piece of tech. that includes a new carbon fiber body, eye tracking, a wider field of view, and extra padding. It also now runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 compute platform with 4GB of RAM.

For more on the HoloLens 2, check out our early hands-on from 2019. Otherwise, developers in the U.S. can order their Development Edition headsets now.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • Still waiting for the $99/month financing. Too bad they aren't releasing that until sometime in early 2021.
  • For some reason I thought this was a much older headset. Guess it's been a slow year.
  • yes.
  • Legit. I thought it was released ages ago, it feels like we first heard about the Hololens 2 a while ago. "Microsoft's HoloLens 2 is now available for anyone to buy on the Microsoft Store for the first time. Previously, Microsoft only sold the HoloeLens 2 as a development edition to developers and organizations through resellers. The price for the headset on the Microsoft Store remains $3,500." Yeah, I thought so, this is from five months ago, so what's the difference between the developer edition mentioned in the previous article and the developer edition here?