The next release of Microsoft's extended and virtual reality headset, HoloLens 2, will be launched next month, the company said.
At the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai, Microsoft Chief of AI and Research, Harry Shum revealed the surprise news on stage.
HoloLens 2 was first introduced at Microsot's Mobile World Congress in February, but the company had not yet released any accurate data or pricing information.
In the six months since MWC, Microsoft has not fully resolved its plans for HoloLens 2, preferring to focus on tweaking the device presented by CEO Satya Nadella in Barcelona.
Orders for HoloLens in May at the Microsoft Build conference and publication of a HoloLens 2 Development Edition to help developers get started creating message apps and services for the device.
The purchase of the HoloLens 2 Development Edition costs $ 3,500 (approximately £ 2,600, $ 4,900). Developers can choose to pay $ 99 a month with Microsoft's installment plan.
The Development Edition is not included. Do not include special hardware or other functions from the retail version of HoloLens 2, instead use Azure Credits worth $ 500 and a three-month trial of Unity Pro and the Unity PiXYZ Plugin to integrate technical renderings in Unity.
The predecessor HoloLens 2 is aimed at companies and corporate customers and is both lighter and equipped with improved hardware.
This includes an enhanced vision system in which Microsoft uses a 2K MEMS (or Microelectromechanical System Display) to provide a larger field of view, which is now 52 degrees and exceeds the 34 degree option of the original , It's also no longer available in 1
Microsoft also announced that Unreal Engine 4 support for HoloLens 2 will be available by the end of May, potentially leading to more gaming and VR support.
Microsoft also opens an open app store that allows developers to build their own content marketplaces. In addition, all web browsers are supported – not just Edge. Firefox is the first major partner to sign up for HoloLens 2 with its new browser offering.