Its been 2 years since the launch of the first HoloLens in 2016, and we are still waiting for a successor.
Now according to a new report, the wait is to be a bit longer, with the next generation expected in Q1 2019.
Thurrott.com reports that V2 of the headset is being released early next year, and is code-named Sydney.
It will be lighter, more comfortable, and have “significantly improved holographic displays.” Importantly it will also cost significantly less.
We already know the next HoloLens will have an improved Holographic Processing Unit with more AI capabilities, an improved Kinect-like depth camera, and will either run on an Intel processor or possibly an ARM one, in line with recent developments. Microsoft’s main challenge with the new Hololens is to improve the field of view, which at 35 degrees has been described as looking at the world through a mail slot. Microsoft is reportedly bringing development of the lenses internally to achieve this at a reasonable cost.
Microsoft reportedly sees the MR/VR market as “a must-win market” (which personally makes me doubt the veracity of the documents Thurrott.com have viewed), which should hopefully mean we will see a bit more wood behind the arrow in version 2 than version 1, which so far has reportedly sold little more than 50,000 units in 2 years.