Microsoft fans were looking forward to the debut of the next version of HoloLens which was expected to enter the market at the beginning of 2017. However, the tech giant might let people down by breaking this promise. In light of recent change of direction, the wearable gadget might not appear until 2019.
A new report was published by Brad Sams, an author at Thurrott.com, according to which Microsoft plans to skip its version 2 of HoloLens. This concept was scheduled to enter the consumer market at the beginning of 2017. However, producers want to drop this altogether and focus on version 3 that is scheduled to take its final shape by the year of 2019.
A spokesperson on behalf of Microsoft refused to comment on this report. However, the representative did state that HoloLens represents an important part of the future of computing and therefore the company would continue to work on it and improve it. The first apparition of the HoloLens device was at the beginning of 2015. The product stood out from all the other augmented-reality assets on the market by setting businesses as its target public, and not consumers or gamers. Thus, two commercial versions appeared in 2016, namely the Development Edition priced at $3,000 and the Commercial Suite bundle for $5,000.
The reason behind the abandonment of version 2 for the HoloLens device regards the competition. Microsoft considers that its rivals such as Magic Leap and Apple have no chances to dethrone HoloLens with their augmented reality products. This way, the company has more time to focus on an innovative direction. It is the belief of Microsoft that augmented reality is no longer the technology of the future, but the mixed reality. This is a hybrid between VR and AR.
This new concept was announced by Microsoft last summer. Thus, the next HoloLens device will be untethered and will be able to run Windows holographic headset on PCs. While consumers will not receive the best version of wearable AR gadgets anytime during the next two years, the company will have more time to develop its futuristic technology. As a consequence, the next HoloLens product will be either a jaw-dropping and groundbreaking experience or a worthless piece of equipment. Considering the evolution of the company, many experts would opt for the first possibility.
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