Microsoft's HoloLens Is "Something Different" Than Oculus or Morpheus

Company says existing VR technologies are "truly exciting," but HoloLens is different.

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Existing virtual reality technology such as Oculus Rift or Project Morpheus are "truly exciting," but they aren't direct competitors to Microsoft's new HoloLens technology, according to a company representative.

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Asked if Microsoft viewed Rift and Morpheus as competitors to HoloLens, a Microsoft spokesperson said: "Today's efforts in VR and AR are truly exciting. What we are talking about is something different."

The Microsoft rep went on to explain what the company thinks will set HoloLens apart from other virtual reality and augmented reality technologies.

"Holographic experiences on Windows are about delivering a mixed reality of both your digital world and your real world," the spokesperson said. "We are integrating holograms into the world around you--transforming the ways you create, connect, and explore. We hope holographic experiences on Windows 10 will help drive continued innovation in this category."

These comments tally with those from HoloLens designer Alex Kipman, who suggested yesterday during the Windows 10 event that Microsoft wasn't intending to compete directly with established VR companies such as Oculus.

"Oculus, Magic Leap, Glass developers and everyone else, we humbly invite you--come create holograms with us," Kipman said.

For more on HoloLens, check out the video above and the image gallery below. And check back later for GameSpot's impressions of the HoloLens technology.

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With this tech there are all kinds of possibilities with the p.orn industry alone. IF IF it works as advertised. I think this would be 10x better than VR for that form of entertainment.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> You are just 10x the fanboy.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Except unlike fanboys I don't hate competition. I encourage it. I cheer for everybody. I like to see most stuff related to gaming succeed.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Settle down there Mr. Hormones.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Just sayin... People think this tech is a fail. I'm simply stating there is more to this tech than gaming.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> People don't want to spend money on p.orn so i can't see them buying this.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Sorry, but you are so wrong on that. There are multiple sites that people go to to pay people to perform on cam. This would be the next step., except instead of being on your monitor, they could be on your bed. , Heck on your kitchen table for that matter.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Did you notice it doesn't work like that in the Picture it only shows the video you are watching as a video in front of your face. it doesn't create a holographic 3d model. See the person talking to her Dad about plumbing.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Yeah, I know, but this is still early in the progress. I'm sure it will get better as everything else does.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Kinect got so much better with kinect 2.0. it almost works for playing games now.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> 40 years ago. cell phones with nothing more than fantasy.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> 41 years ago Motorola came out with the first Cellphone it was as big as a brick but still i think your timeline is off. It was not commercially available but it existed.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> This tech above is in its infancy. Just like Cellphones had to go thru, just like all tech. I'm also referring to the other forms of VR as well. This will be the norm at some point in the future. Its just a matter of time.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Depends these things could fail again we don't know yet.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> So true. They could be the Laser disks of the 90s. lol

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> We have real Holograms of Tupac already Holograms that don't need glasses.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> NOOOOOOO!!!. lol

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> It wasn't a real hologram but it makes you wonder why they are not trying to do that if they can use reflections of CGI Tupac to make it appear he was on stage they are closer to holograms then we think

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> no no no. they will be on the toilet or nothing else. fact.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> are you seriously kidding me

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sorry, not buying it. google glass sucks. this sucks. it's basically the same thing, glorified. give me morpheus (as long as it's good). ms can suck it.

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Holograms that need glasses to see and interact with are not real Holograms

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<< LINK REMOVED >> True, but if it works who cares.

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He cares because he needs what he can to downplay it.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Actually i don't but i also don't think it will be a huge hit as MS claims it will be i want it to work but i am not going to Listen and Believe.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> You under estimate the power of the p.orn industry.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> P.orn is not gaming though they are saying Halo lens will work with gaming too it won't also why would you want hologram p.orn its just an image that is there it is not like you can touch it or anything.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> You could still do stuff that does not involve touching.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> still it seems like a waste it is not going to be cheap enough to buy just for p.orn

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> When initially launched. I'm sure. But over time this will be like DVD players. They will get cheaper and cheaper.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Touching yourself is still touching

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Yeah. I'll buy this just for pornhub

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Your right, MS should've said this won't be a hit.

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When Motion controllers were becoming big MS went with the Kinect, which I have still yet to find a good game for that isn't dance related. Now everyone is going VR they decide to go with holograms which is cool tech but how is it going to benefit gaming?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Minecraft is the only type of game i can think that will benefit from this you know games where you build things

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<< LINK REMOVED >> No but they don't need to needlessly Hype stuff like they do with Scalebound let these things speak for themselves

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I've barely seen any articles in scalebound, not enough to scream overhype.....this is the first announcement of the holo and your screaming overhype........why

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Really they said Scalebound could be one of the greatest games of all time and that is not overhype.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> If they said that, Yeah definitely over hype.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Lobb said Scalebound has the potential to be a game of all time. Sounds like overhype to me.

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Sounds more like he's saying it can be a. Long living classic...but exaggerating isn't overhype..

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<< LINK REMOVED >> it is when it is said in an article that says Scalebound will be a game of all time. And said by an employee. If it was just said in private it is not overhype but once it becomes news it becomes hype.

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Dat HPU tho

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yep, different and worse.

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Old news. It was pretty much confirmed already.
As you said in this article, Alex Kipman announced "Oculus, Magic Leap, Glass developers and everyone else, we humbly invite you -- come create holograms with us" on stage.

That isn't the kind of thing someone would say to their competition.

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Not having tried none of these, fanboys will still say one is better than the other.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Yep. Just last week I was talking about how I'd rather just give all these different VR headsets a try myself, and not just go with the flow and assume Oculus is the best just because it's the most hyped. Nevertheless, someone started saying that I'm ignorant and Oculus is clearly the best just because it is. sigh.

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