Microsoft's Crazy HoloLens AR Will Be $3000 For Developers, Next Year

Microsoft just blew us (and some virtual robots) away with a demo of its HoloLens ‘mixed reality’ gaming system. The good news? Those spider robots are just virtual. The bad: HoloLens still isn’t available for consumers.


Starting today, Microsoft is taking applications for developers who want to get their hands on a HoloLens set. If you’re cool enough for Microsoft, you’ll have to pay $3000 for the privilege of playing with a glitchy first-gen piece of equipment. But on the other hand: wearable holograms!

Follow the rest of the announcements from Microsoft’s hardware event here.

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Keyan Reid

That can’t be just for the hardware, can it?

An Oculus Rift: DK2 came out close to $450 (including shipping, taxes, etc.), so I was expecting the HoloLens to be somewhere in that ballpark if you were purchasing hardware only.

For $3,000 it seems like they have to be offering something more - like API development training or anything to help facilitate development beyond simply going “Here ya go. Don’t break it.”