Microsoft develops version of Minecraft for HoloLens

Players will be able to view 3D holograms of the worlds they create and navigate them with voice commands

Microsoft's HoloLens

Microsoft's HoloLens

Microsoft used the E3 conference to show off the gaming capabilities of HoloLens, demonstrating how the augmented reality headset can be used to play a version of Minecraft designed for the device.

The HoloLens version of Minecraft will allow a person to play the game on nearly any surface, Microsoft said Monday.

During the demonstration, a person began playing the game on the wall and then transferred the world to a table to create a 3D representation.

Being able to insert holograms over the real world distinguishes augmented reality headsets like HoloLens from the virtual reality experiences offered by devices like the Oculus Rift, which completely immerses a person in a digital environment.

A handheld controller can be used with the special version of Minecraft, but people can also speak commands to HoloLens. For example, a person could tell HoloLens to move the game to a different surface, zoom in or follow another player. Another command allows people to change their perspective of the game and resulted in the world being lifted up to reveal what was underneath. People can also use hand gestures to change viewpoints and manipulate worlds.

Microsoft didn't say how much the HoloLens-version of Minecraft will cost or when it will go on sale. Beyond the ability to play the game in 3D and control it with voice commands and gestures, it wasn't clear if there are gaming features that distinguish the HoloLens version of Minecraft from its standard iterations. Additional details on Minecraft, which Microsoft owns, will be discussed in July during the Minecon conference, Microsoft said.

Microsoft has also been mum on HoloLens' pricing information and a sales date. So far, Microsoft has emphasized that HoloLens will run Windows 10 and that it is a stand-alone device.

Fred O'Connor writes about IT careers and health IT for The IDG News Service. Follow Fred on Twitter at @fredjoconnor. Fred's e-mail address is fred_o'connor@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Microsofthardware systemsgamese3

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Fred O'Connor

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Bitdefender 2018

With determination and drive, you achieve outstanding performance! Get Bitdefender Total Security 2018 Now!

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?