First Version of HoloLens is NOT for Minecraft

By James O Malley on at

Despite blowing our minds with the HoloLens Minecraft demo at E3, it seems that the game won't be Microsoft's major focus with the first version of the device that the public will be able to get their hands on.

Trusted Reviews has spotted the comments of CEO Satya Nadella who was speaking to ZDNet about the company's plans. He apparently said that "For sure in the first version, it's going to be more about developers and enterprise scenarios".

Presumably what we can take from this is that Microsoft is planning a roll-out perhaps similar to that of Oculus Rift: Rather than going straight for a consumer version instead aiming it at developers who won't mind paying over the odds for not-yet-finished software, in order to see what innovative new use cases they can come up with.

Don't worry though - it seems that gaming is ultimately an intention too, as Nadella revealed that the HoloLens was one of the many reasons Microsoft splashed out $2.5bn on Minecraft developer Mojang. Nadella said:

"I did buy Minecraft to create a new genre of gaming for mixed reality. We bought Minecraft for many reasons: because it's the number one PC app; it's the number one console app; it's the number one paid mobile app on iOS and Android. I wanted a hit game even for the new medium of mixed reality. And we will have that. Gaming will always be a scenario and there will be other entertainment broadly. But, with the V.1 of HoloLens, I want us to push a lot more of the enterprise usage.

"In general Microsoft's approach will be always this dual-use focus, or this multi-focus. What we can uniquely do is bridge consumer to enterprise. That's in our DNA. That's why it's even in our mission statement of empowering people and organizations. I want every technology of ours to seek that out. In the HoloLens case, when I look at the interest, it's amazing how many are in hospitals, healthcare, retail. That's where I'm seeing the interest and we'll definitely go after it."

It remains to be seen exactly when HoloLens will get any release at all, as so far all we have seen is one glitzy marketing video and one (stunning) live tech demo. Hopefully we'll see more soon. [ZDNet via Trusted Reviews]