Augmented reality Minecraft demoed on Microsoft HoloLens

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aThCr0PsyuA

After relations with Oculus fell through after they were bought by Facebook, the future of Minecraft in virtual reality seemed left to mods. But today, that all changes.

Microsoft had a media event today, where they announced information about all their future products. Most of it was expected, mostly news about the upcoming Windows 10 release and a new web browser. But they announced one product that no one expected - the Microsoft HoloLens.

At first glance, it looks like the offspring of Google Glass and Oculus Rift. But it goes beyond that - instead of projecting a flat image over the real world (like Google Glass) or it's own screen that covers your vision (Oculus), HoloLens creates an interactive 3D layer above the real world. The demo video above shows off what it looks like to the wearer, and it's impressive.

In the video, a blocky Minecraft world appears out of a table and the user starts placing blocks with finger taps. Near the end of the video, he ignites TNT blocks placed on a room wall - leaving a hole to the Minecraft world.

Now this doesn't mean Minecraft is coming to HoloLens, or it will look like what was shown in the video, it's merely a demo. But if Microsoft needs a game catalog for the HoloLens when it's released, they just happen to have a company under their wing to make it.

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PixelBucket
January 21, 2015 at 10:31 PM delete

That is really cool!

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TheHerobrine03
January 21, 2015 at 11:36 PM delete

I would have to agree

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January 22, 2015 at 12:10 AM delete

That would be great.Imagine having a creeper in your house.

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Android_Walker
January 22, 2015 at 2:31 AM delete

I defiantly can't wait for it! I hope they are like Google glasses with being so incredibly expensive though.

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Felix Van goud
January 24, 2015 at 9:36 PM delete

Maybe Stellarium is a good idea for this Holothinghy

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PixelBucket
January 25, 2015 at 9:15 AM delete

Guess the price for them as of today!

$1,000,000!

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February 5, 2015 at 9:47 AM delete

that part with the wall exploding was so cool

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March 31, 2015 at 12:39 PM delete

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