Here's How You'll Play Halo, Watch Netflix on HoloLens

By Gerald Lynch on at

When Microsoft eventually starts flogging its (pricey) HoloLens developer kits to wannabe holodeck commanders, the first wave of devs are likely to focus on the headset's role in the workplace. But, as evidenced by its E3 Minecraft demo and recent Surface launch night update, that's not to say it'll be all work and no play.

Taking video direct from the pre-release headsets, a few early HoloLens tinkerers have been showing off what using the headset for recreational purposes could be like. Essentially (at least in the case of experiences not primarily designed for HoloLens), it'll deliver a big floating screen, sticking it on top of any surface you like. The videos below show what it's currently like to stream Halo 5 from an Xbox One to the HoloLens, playing Windows 10's version of Candy Crush on a wall, and to have your own personal cinema using Netflix through the AR Edge browser.

Now, a video capture direct from the headset isn't quite a 1:1 recreation of how HoloLens looks when personally in use. The visor is known to give all images a blue sheen not present in these clips, while its field of view is far more limited than this widescreen approach. Essentially, the videos here are showing what HoloLens wishes its display could show you, rather than what the display by all accounts currently can. Still, we're a long way from this being in our homes anyway, and even at this relatively early stage it's looking very promising. [Varun Mani (YouTube), Miguel Sussfalich (YouTube) via Thurrott]