Not to be outdone by Sony or, god forbid, Facebook, Microsoft has thrown its hat into the ring of VR hardware currently in development. The Windows giant’s version, known as no-doubt Roddenberry-inspired HoloLens, was just detailed as Microsoft released the device’s technical specs.
Perhaps the biggest draw to Microsoft’s device is that, unlike other VR headsets, the HoloLens is fully untethered. What this means to the uninitiated is that it doesn’t require a PC or other gaming console or piece of hardware plugged into it in order to work. Instead, Microsoft is building the HoloLens with Windows 10 on-board, according to The Verge.
The HoloLens also boasts four different microphones, an ambient light sensor, an accelerometer, and four different environmental recognition sensors, making it what may possibly be the most…sensitive…VR unit around.
Microsoft also popped the hood to shed some light on the inner workings of the HoloLens. In addition to both Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, the device will feature 2GB of RAM and a 64GB flash storage device. It will come with a Bluetooth clicker out of the box for those users who don’t want to look ridiculous trying to navigate invisible menus by waving their arms around. Microsoft claims that the HoloLens battery will last for between two and three hours of continuous use, with a two-week standby time, and will charge via micro USB.
As of today, developers interested in the HoloLens can order a developer kit. Microsoft will begin shipping HoloLens dev kits beginning March 30, and they will sell for $3000.