Microsoft has begun delivering HoloLens development edition units to its employees who are interested in developing apps for the company’s new platform and those who have already begun experimenting with it have been encouraged to share videos of their creations to Twitter.
— Noble Smith (@ShireWisdom) November 29, 2015
While there are some rather ambiguous, yet impressive, videos of virtual men walking on a piano and a girl seemingly holding a sun in her hands, one of the more interesting demonstrations of how HoloLens could be used can be seen in a short clip showing the Xbox One game, Halo 5: Guardians, streamed directly to the HoloLens device which is projecting the game onto a wall in real time. The projection of media onto a wall with HoloLens isn’t that surprising in and of itself (projected presentations have been show in HoloLens promotional videos since the device was first announced) but the choice of a first-person shooter title such as Halo 5: Guardians, which relies on fast reaction times and zero latency, does hint that Microsoft, or at least some of its employees, are interested in making media streaming on the HoloLens as fast and seamless as possible.
The operating system used to stream the Xbox One title to HoloLens appears very similar to the new Xbox app in Windows 10. This makes sense as HoloLens has already been confirmed to run a version of the Windows 10 operating system and using similar technology to the PC streaming would mean less work for the developers.
Microsoft recently launched a new website for the public to submit their own ideas for how HoloLens could be used and invites everyone to share their own thoughts and vote on current suggestions to help guide the production of HoloLens apps.
Is streaming an Xbox One game to HoloLens something you would consider doing or would you be after more of an immersive experience? Let us know in the comments below.Further reading: Halo 5, HoloLens, Microsoft, Xbox One