With all the buzz on the upcoming next iteration of HoloLens, the original headset is put aside a little. Microsoft still chases the industrial use market, and the classic HoloLens is simply not a hot topic any longer. Hasn’t been, we should say, because Microsoft has just lunched the new HoloLens October update that pits the old chap to compete with the most advanced Mixed Reality sets around. Likewise, other Windows MR devices get a boost themselves.
With the likes of Samsung HMD Odyssey + running the Windows MR show in 2018, it is increasingly tough for the comparatively speaking older devices to lure the new users in. Microsoft HoloLens, by and large the pioneer in Windows MR, was an old queen whose crown needed polishing for some time. Now that HoloLens October update is here, it finally gets the much needed lift.
And it is more than just paintwork. With HoloLens, Microsoft has opted for user interface upgrade and better sharing experience, both receiving an admirable facelift. As for sharing, the sought-for Microsoft Edge share tool and Nearby Sharing are here. With October update, patient HoloLens users now enjoy the goods that Miracast offers; they will be able to wirelessly project content to other devices. And as for UI, HoloLens deserves the packed Quick Action Menu. Controls suddenly become swifter, more to the point, with many quick access options allowed, photo taking for instance.
In addition to Microsoft HoloLens, the October update includes a whole range of Windows MR Headwear devices. The aforementioned Odyssey +, hand in hand with Acer AH101, will get the flashlight feature that enable users to see part of the real world with headset on. On a side note, we are glad that the feature has caught on with producers. The acceptance signals that we are headed towards the union of worlds, not separation.
Not to be overlooked is also the backpack feature support, so no need for an external display anymore. We are also glad to see 360 videos in the update to go with WebVR videos. Great as these are, the tool we are most excited about is the beta launch of Microsoft Windows Maquette. To refresh your memory, Maquette is a unique design kit that lets users create VR world within VR itself. The tool cuts the effort and time needed to transfer 2D design into 3D, instead giving 3D clay to whoever feels capable.
Yet, all the cool features in the world cannot dish away that you have to dish out some $5, 000 for a pair of HoloLens. No complains here, it’s the market, but the price point is something to consider especially for more consumer-oriented users. Nevertheless, HoloLens primarily aim for enterprise use, delivering much more on this front. With that in mind we conclude; HoloLens October update is a nice package overall that might or might not have something to do with the HoloLens 2 delay. Just a thought.