Microsoft HoloLens Successor Slated For 2019

The company may eventually come out with cheaper HoloLens headsets or team up with other manufacturers who want to create their own.

Microsoft may not have sold millions of units of the HoloLens augmented reality headset but that wasn't its objective in the first place. Now, the company behind the holographic computing hardware is gearing up for a revised model with improvements and possibly new features if a report from Thurrott.com is of any indication.

It was, of course, only last month that Roger Walkden, Senior Director and Commercial Lead of HoloLens, admitted that we're nearly three years away from VR/AR becoming a part of every day life.

Microsoft first kicked off its intruiging HoloLens product two years ago now, as Windows 10 was being pushed onto PCs, and while developers are using the first-gen HoloLens it looks like Microsoft might be skipping HoloLens 2 in favor of the third generation headset.

It's also good to remember the HoloLens is not just a VR headset, offering a very different experience to that of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

Sams says that the company's decision may come from the fact that nobody else in mixed reality is moving anywhere almost as quick. Many have complained hat 2019 feels like a long time to wait, however, it is important to note that if Microsoft had released a "gen two" device, "gen three" would most certainly not be available as soon as 2019. This will enable the company to focus on making bigger changes to the headset.

  • Arturo Norris