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Microsoft wants Windows Holographic to power all VR devices, not just HoloLens

Mark Hachman | June 2, 2016
The HTC Vive, the Oculus Rift, and more: They should all run Windows, Microsoft believes. But will Oculus buy in?

Gestures like the air click that the HoloLens uses can’t necessarily be reproduced on other platforms. But Microsoft already began bridging the gap with a physical clicker that the company began shipping to developers, and the company’s May update to Windows Holographic added Bluetooth mouse support. Presumably, those same interfaces will be ported to the Vive and other VR devices as well. If they can’t be directly translated, it seems likely that Microsoft will use its Cortana digital assistant as an intermediary.

Some of those devices will lack capabilities that the HoloLens enjoys, such as the ability to scan real-world objects into its virtual space. But the implication is that if those other VR devices are running Windows, they’ll at least be able to see and manipulate the digital assets that the HoloLens creates.

Myerson acknowledged that Microsoft has work to do, and closed his Computex presentation by asking the VR community to sign up for the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference in Shenzhen, China, as well as Taipei. Those sessions are both scheduled to run between June 28 and July 1, he said.

 

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