Since its initial reveal at last year’s E3 2015, Microsoft’s HoloLens has been greeted with anticipation at what the company’s augmented-reality device can offer as an alternative to the VR experiences launching this year such as the Oculus Rift and other VR devices, with pre-orders now available for the HoloLens development kit.
Microsoft announced in a detailed blog post on the Windows Blog the HoloLens Development Edition, a dev kit for those looking to develop for the HoloLens and get hands-on time with the device before its final release.
The Development Edition of HoloLens is available to pre-order now for $3,000, with the kit to include the AR device and several tutorial videos and guides to aid developers in crafting HoloLens-compatible software, games, and applications for the device.
Applications for pre-orders are being taken now through the official HoloLens website: eligible applicants must be a member of the company’s Windows Insider program and a working developer within the US and Canada where the HoloLens “will first be available,” with accepted applicants being invited to secure pre-orders for the device.
Microsoft stated that the first wave of HoloLens pre-orders will begin shipping on March 30th, 2016, and will “work to get devices out as quickly as possible.” Once the first wave is released, “more accept applicants will be invited to purchase,” depending on demand and availability.
Pre-orders of the device will include the HoloLens dev kit headset, a clicker for interacting with the device/UI, carrying case, microfiber cloth, charger, and a Micro-USB 2.0 cable.
Along with the physical component of the headset, pre-orders will also include three mini-game experiences: RoboRaid, a shooter game previously shown at HoloLens events as “Project X-Ray,”; Fragments an AR crime drama where players explore and investigate their space for clues to solve a mystery; and Young Conker, an AR platforming title from Rare’s Conker series that uses the player’s space to have a miniature Conker running around and exploring.
Pre-orders for Microsoft’s HoloLens Development Edition are available now – you can click here to head over and learn more about the device and how to apply for a pre-order, while a video demonstrating Young Conker and other titles in action are also available to view below: