Microsoft certainly has a keen interest in VR, underscored by its recently announced controller deal with Oculus, but its HoloLens AR visor is taking HMDs in a different direction. Microsoft’s E3 conference included a demonstration of how
might work with the device, and while we weren’t able to try that out ourselves, we did attend a specially set up Warzone briefing instead. Akin to a Universal Studios attraction, we begin in a locker room, which forms part of a larger
themed set. Putting on the HoloLens unit, we’re able to see projections on the wall, as well as objective markers that hang in the air as if part of the real world. A quick walk to the briefing room reveals a view into a dropshipfilled hangar and a holographic display in the centre of a large panel. HoloLens works just as Microsoft’s demonstrations have suggested, but the hardware’s relatively narrow viewing angle, which see objects disappearing if you’re not careful to keep them in view, harm its wow factor, especially in the light of display advances being made over in the VR world.