Watch Halo 5 Streamed From Xbox One to HoloLens in This Stunning Video
"Wish you could take Halo with you everywhere you go? Now you can with HoloLens!"
Microsoft program manager Varun Mani has shared a crazy new video in which Halo 5: Guardians is streamed from Xbox One to the HoloLens augmented reality headset. It's not the first impressive HoloLens gaming video we've seen, but others have been featured in stage presentations. This one, on the other hand, appears to be shot in a room not unlike what you may have in your home. Check out the video below.
"Wish you could take Halo with you everywhere you go? Now you can with HoloLens!" Mani wrote. He did not share any further details about this streaming setup and how it works. Whatever the case, it's impressive to watch and certainly highlights how HoloLens could change how we play games in the future.
HoloLens development kits, non-final versions of the headset for creators, will ship in the first part of 2016. They cost $3,000, though that may not be the price of the device once it's commercially available.
HoloLens was announced in January 2015. Wearing the head-mounted display, users will be able to see a variety of holopgraphic renderings in the real world, ranging from weather forecasts and social networks, to a more immersive than ever version of Minecraft.
Though Microsoft has yet to officially announce any gaming projects for HoloLens (beyond some tech demos, including this impressive Halo-themed one), Xbox boss Phil Spencer said he believes gaming will be an important category for the new device. In fact, Spencer specifically mentioned Xbox-to-HoloLens streaming in his comments from back in January 2015.
"To me, there's not a successful consumer electronics device on the planet where gaming is not a primary app category, and I think HoloLens will work the same way; I think gaming will be important," he said at the time. "We're thinking hard about specific scenarios with the Xbox, with things like content streaming, and using it as a display for Xbox."
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is also optimistic about the potential for HoloLens gaming.
"It's also getting clearer how the games people love today will evolve to mind-blowing experiences in the future when designed for the mixed reality that Windows 10 and HoloLens create," Nadella said earlier this year during a post-earnings financial call. "Just imagine what is possible with Minecraft. Gaming truly is a valuable part of millions of people's lives and Microsoft will excel and increase our lead."
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