Microsoft’s HoloLens lasts up to 5.5 hours per charge, features universal Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity

Patrick O'Rourke

January 18, 2016 6:30pm

Despite the fact that HoloLens’s commercial release is still likely three to five years away, information regarding the augmented reality headset’s specific features is slowly beginning to trickle in.

During a speaking event in Tel Aviv, Microsoft’s technical evangelist Bruce Harris revealed HoloLens’ is set to feature between 2.5 and 5.5 hours of battery life, depending on how a person uses the device. “Intensive” use, which likely refers to gaming and 3D applications, cuts HoloLens’s battery life in half. Harris noted any device capable of Bluetooth/Wi-Fi connectivity will be able to talk to HoloLens.

It looks like Microsoft’s often-touted universal Windows 10 app strategy will also come into play with HoloLens. During the presentation, Harris said all universal apps will run on HoloLens and that the headset’s viewable area – one of the main issues with early builds – will reportedly be the same as holding a 15-inch screen two feet from your face.

Continuing his talk, Harris told the crowd that widening HoloLen’s field of vision is a significant goal for the device’s development team moving forward.

Last year we learned that HoloLen’s is set to sport an x86 processor, 2GB of RAM, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and a 60Hz refresh rate. Development editions are priced at a heft $3,000 and are set to ship in the first half of 2016.

Last week Microsoft released two information videos related to HoloLens in an effort to encourage developer interest in the device.

  • Orage42

    This will revolutionize gaming. Real environments with anything you want added to it.

    Grab a few friends, rent a cottage, put on Hololens and play a zombie game.

  • Marc Palumbo

    There is a big difference between VR and AR and why I believe AR will eventually beat out VR because at least with AR, you can see what’s around you. This is the part that may bother me because with VR, you’re basically blind to what’s around you. I gotta try this out first, but this is my first impression.

  • fruvous

    Yes the $3000 price tag has a lot of heft.