New details for Microsoft's AR/VR device HoloLens have emerged, including the fact that the system will ship to developers with a new Conker game. This information comes from a Forbes story that appears to have gone up too early. It was subsequently pulled, but not before someone on Reddit captured it.
It stated that preorders for the $3,000 HoloLens development kit will open today, February 29, with units then shipping to studios on March 30. Included in the "Development Edition," as it's being called, are a number of tutorial videos and other documentation -- as well as three games made by Microsoft.
One of these is called Young Conker, starring the popular squirrel created by Rare. The game was developed by Asobo Studios and the hook is the in-game environment changes based on a player's real-world setup.
"This means every person gets a unique gameplay experience, since each gamer's real-world environment is unique," Microsoft's Kudo Tsunoda said. "It is amazing how different the play experience feels based on playing the game in your living room versus your kitchen or your bedroom. Even starting the game from a different position in a single room creates an entirely new gameplay dynamic."
Microsoft has now made this news official and released a trailer for Young Conker. For $3,000, developers can buy the HoloLens Development Edition, which comes with the headset (which, unlike Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR, does not require additional hardware) and a case.
Microsoft has also released a trailer for the pack-in game Young Conker. Check it out below.
The other two games are a shooter called RoboRaid (shown at an event last year when it was known as Project X-Ray; get the details and see some footage here), as well Fragments. In Fragments, players are put into a AR version of a crime drama that plays out in their living room. You play the part of an investigator attempting to solve a crime--and it sounds pretty cool.
"Fragments blends the line between the digital world and the real world more than any other experience we built," Tsunoda said. "When your living room has been used as the set for a story, it generates memories for you of what digitally happened in your space like it was real. It is an experience that bridges the uncanny valley of your mind and delivers a new form of storytelling like never before."
A range of non-gaming apps are also reportedly included with the HoloLens development kit, including HoloStudio ("allows developers to easily create 3D in 3D--at real-world scale") and an "enhanced" version of the popular messaging service Skype. Another non-gaming app included with HoloLens is HoloTour, which lets you virtually experience 360-degree panoramic displays of places like Rome and Machu Picchu.
Microsoft had a Halo HoloLens demo at E3 2015, but it is not mentioned in this report.
A final release date and price for the consumer version of HoloLens has not been announced. Microsoft recently said it would not rush the headset to market, in part to avoid a Kinect-like situation.
Should Microsoft make an official HoloLens announcement today, we will update this post with further details.