Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 Augmented Reality Headset To Launch In September

Microsoft's HoloLens 2 Augmented Reality Headset To Launch In September

Microsoft unveiled its next-generation augmented reality headset – HoloLens 2 – at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019, held in February. Along with the announcement, the company also promised to bring the headset into the markets later this year.

Well, as promised, the HoloLens 2 headset is all set to go up on sale this month. Harry Shum, Executive Vice President, Microsoft, confirmed the same during the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai on Thursday.

“As we announced in February, Microsoft HoloLens 2 will begin shipping later this year. We have started collecting expressions of interest for HoloLens 2 preorders and, as part of our standard practice for gathering feedback, have shared near-final prototypes with some customers, but have not announced a date for general availability,” informed a Microsoft spokesperson.

Apart from offering a much smoother experience than its predecessor, the HoloLens 2 headset will also come with a number of upgrades including better gesture controls, display and performance, as well as improved power efficiency, a larger field of view and eye tracking. Designed to be more immersive, the second-generation mixed reality headset is equipped with a holographic density of 47 pixels per degree of sight and 52-degree field of view. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 Compute Platform and a custom-built Holographic Processing Unit. It is also outfitted with a micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) display technology.

Microsoft began taking preorders for HoloLens 2 at $3,500 (approx. Rs. 2,51,000) in many regions including the United States, Japan, China, Germany, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Australia and New Zealand.

“We have started collecting expressions of interest for HoloLens 2 preorders and, as part of our standard practice for gathering feedback, have shared near-final prototypes with some customers, but have not announced a date for general availability,” shared a spokesperson.