Microsoft plans to launch HoloLens emulator for developers

Patrick O'Rourke

March 3, 2016 1:11pm

To the surprise of many, Microsoft revealed earlier this week that the HoloLens developer will cost $3,000.

Understanding the obstacle this will present to a variety of developers, Microsoft plans to launch a HoloLens emulator, allowing programmers and content creators to use a virtual environment to work on a project.

The emulator, as well as Microsoft’s other developer tools, are set to launch on March 30, the shipping date for the first wave HoloLens developer kits.

Through HoloLens’ emulator, developers are able to test their apps in simulated rooms, as well as walk around utilizing keyboard commands, a mouse or Xbox controller.

Related reading: Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition now available to pre-order, ships to Canada March 30 [Update]

  • Marc Palumbo

    Patrick, I believe the Canadian pricing for the dev kit is $4300. $3000 is the USD amount.

  • monkeymo

    It was expensive so ONLY DEVELOPERS actually go buy these, they didnt want us non coders to tie up their inventory channels like the issues with both the Vive and Oculus.

    Not to mention there is WAY MORE parts going on in there, theres a full computer inside the hololens. Miniaturization is not cheap…. so are the array of sensors inside it.