Windows Holographic VR takes you to an immersive virtual world

Microsoft demonstrated the power of Windows Holographic VR during the company's October event. As part of the Creators Update, this new functionality will enable those with compatible headwear to teleport into a fully immersive virtual world. Think of this much like HoloLens but instead you'll be entering a fully-generated environment.

HoloTour takes map viewing to a whole new level with full 360-degree video and interactive elements. You'll be able to enter buildings, reveal locations and more. Creators Update headsets will start at $299 from manufacturers including HP, Asus, Lenovo, Dell, Acer.

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  • Makes sense that now they are trying to support VR as well considering some applications are better for a VR environment vs AR .
  • Microsoft is moving from being merely a Software company to being an "Experiences and Productivity" company. ;)
  • finally!
  • Will this be compatible with the Xbox One?
  • would be killer since this is even cheaper than a PS VR. Maybe they'll announce a special Xbox version
  • That would be great.  Especially since the Kinect could be used for hand tracking.  Reviews say that the PS camera and hand controllers are crap in PS VR.  Kinect would likely do better
  • If you thought you were bumping into stuff now, just wait till Kinect + VR comes into play.
  • I don't bump into anything.  I'm poor, I can't afford VR, lol.  Well, I guess I do bump into things when I drink...  Hillbilly VR
  • :) I am glad to see the partnerships and venturing beyond AR.  Software and hardware visions as a united goal is a great idea, but software that can go anywhere is even better. Not everyone can afford every price point.
  • Am I understanding that Hololens will only cost $299.99 (US) ?
  • No HoloLens is AR not VR and is its own computer. These are VR devices tethered to your laptop or PC made by Microsoft partners
  • Awesome!
  • Falling in love again with MSFT