Microsoft unveiled the second version of its AR headset – the HoloLens 2 – at MWC in February earlier this year. Reuters reports that the headset is ready to go on sale in September at a price of $3,500.
This buys you the HoloLens 2 itself. The Developer Edition will cost $99 a month and will pack some extra goodies like $500 in Azure credits, plus 3-month trials of Unity Pro and the PiXYZ plugin (which helps you view CAD-based models in AR). Clearly, the HoloLens 2 is still aimed at businesses.
Anyway, the second generation product offers much wider field of view than the original HoloLens – 52°, up from a claustrophobic 34°. The resolution is kept the same, “47 pixels per degree” (which is obviously more pixels in total). There’s more computing power and hardware-accelerated eye and hand tracking. And the headset itself is more comfortable to wear.
While you won’t own one yourself, you might encounter the HoloLens 2 in presentations from companies that rely heavily on CAD to design their products. For now at least, the only consumer-friendly AR is the kind you get on your phone.