Microsoft has announced this week that it has started shipping its HoloLens headset in Japan, just a month after opening pre-orders to Japanese developers and commercial partners on the Microsoft Store. According to Microsoft's Alex Kipman, China should be the next country to welcome the mixed reality headset this year.
— Alex Kipman (@akipman) January 19, 2017
The Japanese Microsoft Store is currently selling the HoloLens Development Edition for ¥333,800 JPY (around $2,907), but developers and businesses can also purchase the HoloLens Commercial Suite (¥555,800, or around (roughly $4,840) which includes enterprise features for added security and device management plus a warranty. Last year, Microsoft announced during its Worldwide Partner Conference that Japan Airlines was already using HoloLens to transform the way airline mechanics are trained with a mixed reality app, and you can see it in the video below:
Microsoft's HoloLens is now available in seven markets worldwide, but the company is planning to democratize VR with a new range of affordable third-party headsets that will work with the Windows 10 Creators Update. We previously saw some of these Windows Holographic headsets back at CES 2017, but we should learn more information about them at the upcoming Games Developers Conference (GDC) in March.