Microsoft & # 39; s first unveiled its HoloLens 2 headset at the Mobile World Congress in February, and promised a release later this year. Reuters reports now that the HoloLens 2 headset is for sale in September. Head of AI and research by Microsoft, Harry Shum, reportedly revealed next month's release date during a performance on stage at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai on Thursday. It is not known exactly when the headset will be available in September, or whether it will be available to developers and companies simultaneously next month. We have contacted Microsoft for more information.
Microsoft started pre-orders for the $ 3,500 HoloLens 2 headset earlier this year before a developer edition was unveiled. The new augmented reality headset includes an improved field of vision, a new Azure Kinect sensor, an ARM processor, eye-tracking sensors and other display system. Microsoft has also improved the controls for gestures in HoloLens 2, making it easier to manipulate objects.
Microsoft also takes a more open model for HoloLens 2 and Windows in a broader sense. It is an open app store, allowing developers to create their own stores on the headset, an open web browsing model, and more open APIs and drivers. Microsoft made these commitments earlier this year, and they were enough to impress Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, a former fierce critic of Microsoft's Windows Store approach. As a result, the HoloLens 2 headset also works support for the Unreal Engine 4 , allowing developers to record photo-realistic views for use in production, product design, architecture, and more.