The next edition of Microsoft's augmented and virtual reality headsets, HoloLens 2 will go on sale next month, the company confirmed.
Speaks at the AI Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai, Head of AI and Research Microsoft's Harry Noise revealed the surprising news on stage.
HoloLens 2 was revealed by Microsot as early as the World Mobile Congress in February, but the company has not announced any release date information so far – although no exact date or pricing information is available yet.
In the six months since MWC, Microsoft has remained relatively good about its plans for HoloLens 2, preferring to concentrate on fine-tuning the device, which was shown in Barcelona by CEO Satya Nadella.
The company opened pre-orders for HoloLens back in May at the Microsoft Build conference, as well as unveiling the HoloLens 2 development release to help developers begin creating news apps and services for the device.
Developing a HoloLens 2 release will cost $ 3,500 (about $ 2600, $ 4900) to buy directly or developers can choose to pay $ 99 per month with Microsoft contribution.
The development of the release doesn't include every special hardware or various features of the HoloLens 2 retail version, but instead includes $ 500 in Azure credits as well as a three-month trial of the Unity Pro and Unity PiXYZ plugin to help with introduction of engineering renders in Unity.
Much like its predecessor, the HoloLens 2 will appear to target business and corporate clients and feature both lighter construction and improved hardware.
This includes an enhanced viewing system, with Microsoft using a 2K MEMS (or microelectromechanical systems) display to allow a larger field of view, which is now 52 degrees, defeating the original 34 degree option. Plus, it's no longer in 1
Microsoft also revealed that Unreal Engine 4 support for HoloLens 2 will be available by the end of May, potentially meaning bigger games and VR
Microsoft also opens an open app store that allows developers to create their own content markets and will support all web browsers – not just Edge. Firefox is the first major partner to sign up, with its new browser available on HoloLens 2.