Microsoft’s HoloLens could be a game changer for Microsoft. It represents a new frontier in the world of technology and that may not come at a cheap price. At the moment there is not an official release date or price point but an unnamed Microsoft executive told the New York Times that HoloLens will cost “significantly more than a game console, which runs more than $400.”
This news to many is about as surprising as finding out Snapchat wasn’t a fan of 6discover but it does give us a more finite gauge of the pricing of HoloLens. The Xbox One with a Kinect costs $499 and without it costs $349. Your guess is as good as mine when it comes to what “significantly” means in this instance but the bottom line is it won’t be cheap.
That doesn’t mean it won’t be worth it though. The HoloLens is a compleletely standalone device with three simultaneously running processing units including the new Holographic Processing Unit built specifically for the device. HoloLens allows you to make anything a screen, interact with 3-D holograms, and much more. It’s the first device of its kind in many aspects and has uses in the worlds of gaming, medicine, scientific research, communication, entertainment, and more. HoloLens is so revolutionary that it played a large role in Microsoft’s $2.5 billion purchase of the makers of Minecraft, Majong.
The fact that the price of the HoloLens is being compared to consoles at all may be a sign that it isn’t as expensive as some of us fear. This is purely speculation but if HoloLens is going to cost thousands of dollars they probably wouldn’t compare it to a console at all.