Microsoft Expands Hololens Pre-Orders

owilson on Wednesday October 12, 2016 at 08:13:33 AM

Microsoft Expands Hololens Pre-Orders

Microsoft will release its Hololens mixed reality device in six European countries.

(CCM) — Microsoft announced on Wednesday that it would be rolling out its Hololens device in six new countries: Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Since March, the mixed reality device — Microsoft's term for "augmented reality" — has only been available to developers in the United States and Canada. Still restricted to professional developers, the device is up for preorder beginning today on Microsoft's official website, with orders shipping in late November. There is currently no consumer model available for sale, and the company has hinted that it is unsure if one ever will roll out.

"Together, we have only scratched the surface for what mixed reality can do. I can’t wait to see what happens next as we welcome these new countries to our holographic landscape," noted Alex Kipman, a technical fellow at Microsoft Windows and Devices Group. The headset's Development Edition currently goes for $3,000, and a Commercial Suite Edition for businesses is priced at $5,000. The company has yet to comment on how much the European leg of its market will be charged for the devices.

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