In a recent interview with ZDNet Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spoke about the future and outlook for HoloLens, and what part it will play for the company. While gaming is a surefire major component for the long-term lifespan of HoloLens, he’s said that it’s not really what the initial HoloLens is being developed for.
Now, some of you might be confused because, after all, at E3 this year (the major gaming convention, celebrating and publicizing games) HoloLens blew our minds with it’s Minecraft capabilities. Then again, Microsoft showcased Halo 5: Guardians with HoloLens – you can watch the video here – and the possibilities the technology presents are remarkable.
However, Microsoft are focusing on keeping the demand for the first version of HoloLens away from the gaming sector. Nadella stated, ‘For sure in the first version, it’s going to be more about developers and enterprise scenarios.’
Microsoft literally paid $2.5 billion for Minecraft, in the hope of future HoloLens potential with the game.
‘I did buy Minecraft to create a new genre of gaming for mixed reality,’ he said. ‘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.’
So don’t expect Microsoft, or Minecraft, to be creating anything HoloLens related for now, perhaps in the distant future if we’re lucky. Let me know what games you’d want to see in the line up for HoloLens in the comments below, I personally would love for a Lego game to go all augmented reality.