The appointed release date for Microsoft Hololens 2 has finally come, and it will be shipping to all customers who pre-ordered the product starting today.
The Microsoft HoloLens 2 augmented reality headset builds up directly from the lessons learned in using and field testing the first HoloLens. Ergonomics, for one thing, is tweaked several notches higher, with the head now resting firmly on the device with its weight distributed evenly along its circular edges.
In addition, viewing angles have been increased by a whopping 65% more compared to the previous version. Well, to be fair, this actually still amounts to just about 52-degrees. But the difference is definitely noticeable, and adjusting your eyes to get to that tiny sweet spot is a lot less cumbersome to do.
Perhaps more importantly, the HoloLens 2 had also taken the same interface development direction as Oculus Rift 2 at the VR side, which is to have fully-fledged gesture controls that directly track your hand. This is very important when it comes to immersion. This is because the use of any rigid controller diminishes the overall experience of access when using applications or playing games within its VR environment. Heck, even Oculus’ own AR project will have the same feature, a testament to its necessity as the next step in immersive reality technologies.
Now, this might be old news, but the HoloLens 2 is shipping with almost the same exorbitant price ($ 3,500) as the first (pre-production) HoloLens ($,3000) not because it is a first-adopter product, but it is catered as a technical investment for various businesses.
As such, you probably won’t be seeing HoloLens 2 being used as a multimedia device like Magic Leap. You’d most likely see it used in places such as construction sites, maintenance centers, manufacturing plants, or any other technical facility.
That being said, if you have the disposable cash to try out the latest HoloLens 2, we don’t think Microsoft is going to tear down those dollar signs. Besides, its backwards compatibility with the original HoloLens means you get to enjoy many of the consumer-oriented perks that the original one had, on an arguably better machine.