At Oculus Connect 2, Oculus co-founder, Palmer Luckey revealed that Minecraft is coming to the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset soon. The game will be available in 2016, via the Windows Store in Windows 10, as well as the Oculus Store.
This, is indeed, pretty big news for Minecraft, as well as Oculus. The game is coming to the HoloLens in the near-future, too. Now you just have to decide if you want to play Minecraft on a virtual reality headset or a augmented reality headset.
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Microsoft HoloLens shown off at E3 2015 with Minecraft: Still no release date or price
With Minecraft being shown off at E3 2015 on the Microsoft HoloLens VR headset, we take a look a the possible release date, price and the specs and games - by Chris Martin
With virtual reality headsets such as the Oculus Rift and Sony's Project Morpheus looking like the future of gaming, we investigate the Microsoft HoloLens including release date and price with it making an appearance at E3 2015.
Microsoft said: "Our vision for holographic computing is to transform the world with holograms – seamlessly connecting the digital world with real life. With the ability to design and shape holograms, you will have a new medium to express your creativity, a more efficient way to teach and learn, and a more effective way to visualize your work and share ideas. This means your digital content and creations will be more relevant when they come to life in your world."
Microsoft HoloLens: Release date and price
Although the HoloLens was announced earlier this year at the firm's January event and we've just seen it again at E3 2015, there is still no release date or price to speak of. We expect it to be expensive, of course, and the fact that Microsoft isn't saying when we'll be able to buy it suggests a 2016 arrival at the earliest.
We'll keep this article up to date when more details on the HoloLens release date and price become available.
Microsoft HoloLens: Specs, features and games
Despite the lack of availability information, we do know that Minecraft will be the first game to work with the HoloLens, following Microsoft's Xbox Media Briefing at E3 2015. Minecraft for HoloLens isn't a recreation of the Minecraft game. Instead of a first-person perspective, players get a god-like perspective that allows them to view other players from above, or dive down into the scenery to explore below the surface of the game world.
"Microsoft HoloLens introduces all new ways to game with mixed reality, including “Minecraft” on HoloLens, a fully-featured version of “Minecraft” that allows players to explore the game world in full 3-D," said the firm.
The demonstration at E3 2015 was similar to the one in January but the HoloLens headset mapped out the room including a table and chairs bringing them into the Minecraft world. At E3, Microsoft used a table-top to simulate the Minecraft environment (see the video below).
As you would expect, the HoloLens is compatible with Windows 10 and will come with three processors: CPU, GPU and HPU. The latter is the Holographic Processing Unit which will handle the data from sensors. In real-time it will recognise your gestures, know where you're looking and spatially map the world around you. It uses augmented reality rather than blocking out the world around you.
"The advanced sensors in HoloLens capture information about what you’re doing and the environment you’re in," Todd Holmdahl explained on the Lumia Conversations blog. "This is done through the inertial measurement unit (IMU) which includes an accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer. It’s this IMU, coupled with head tracking cameras, which enables HoloLens to understand where your head is and how it’s moving."
The HoloLens has spatial sound so you can hear holograms even when they're behind you. It doesn't have a surround sound system so instead synthesizes a binaural sound which simply tricks your ears and brain.
Microsoft said there is a microphone array to capture your voice commands, a depth sensor that is used to spatially map your environment and interpret your hand gestures and a camera so you can share what you're doing with others.
Connect, create, and explore like never before. Holograms are the next evolution in computing.
Holograms are the next evolution in computing. With this vision in mind, hardware, software, and design came together to create the first fully untethered holographic computer.
Go beyond the screen.
Shape holograms to fine-tune a design. Interact with them to learn something new. When you share ideas, show and tell from multiple perspectives. Microsoft HoloLens enables you to make decisions more confidently, work more effectively, and bring ideas to life before your eyes.
Microsoft HoloLens intelligently maps your room, mixing holograms with the environment around you. Pin holograms in physical locations as easily as you would place a physical object in a room. Interact with holograms and everyday objects together.
There isn’t a screen to touch or a mouse to click. Create and shape holograms with gestures. Communicate with apps using your voice. Navigate with a glance. Microsoft HoloLens understands your gestures, gaze, and voice, enabling you to interact in the most natural way possible.
Transform the ways you communicate, create, collaborate, and explore. Your ideas are one step closer to becoming real when you can use holograms to show your designs, collaborate remotely, and learn new things in relation to the real world.
It’s easier to show than to tell. With HoloNotes in Skype, friends and colleagues can help you with difficult tasks. They can see your environment as you see it and from their tablet or PC they can draw instructions that appear as holograms in your world. Get real-time help from someone who sees what you see.
Create your own holograms and share them with others. Use holograms to visualize how something will look in the physical world whether it’s a new piece of furniture in your home, a toy for your kids, or a new creation for work. HoloStudio will even let you turn your holograms into physical objects with 3D print compatibility.
Go beyond what a 2D render can do by working in three dimensions. Pin holograms to physical objects so you can size and scale them in real time. Make smarter decisions when you see your work from every angle, in relation to the world around you.
Go somewhere you’ve never been and examine it from every angle. See holograms from your colleague’s perspective if he’s in the next room or on the other side of the world. Explore a new dimension grounded in, but not limited to, the physical world.
Transparent lenses and no wires let you interact freely with holograms without losing sight of your world
Microsoft HoloLens is the world’s most advanced holographic computer. Advanced optics, multiple sensors, a custom holographic processing unit, and more enable you to interact with holograms in your world. Learn more.