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Microsoft Hololens vs Oculus Rift and HTC Vive – Augmented Reality vs Virtual Reality


Microsoft has been a company which has constantly been innovating the offerings that they have had for their users. The company has been changing the market trends regularly, and has brought out many innovations.

The latest effort form the company has been towards the markets of new age technologies, and Microsoft has been developing the Hololens device which is expected to change the way the markets of technology work.

Microsoft’s Hololens comes out into the markets with the following specs:

  • Automatic pupillary distance calibration
    • Holographic Resolution: 2.3M total light points
    • Holographic Density: >2.5k radiants (light points per radian)

How is the Microsoft Hololens different from HTC Vive and Oculus Rift:

While the Microsoft Hololens comes out in the same family of devices such as Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, there is a fine line of difference between the two. While the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift are more of gaming-centric devices, the Microsoft Hololens is used in various forms and for various organizations. From NASA to Volvo, each company has been using it for some use or the other.

The Hololens projects holograms on the environment around a user while the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive project images in front of the users eye in a screen in a 360 degree setting.

The Oculus Rift is priced in at $599, the HTC Vive at $799, while the Microsoft Hololens is priced way more, standing in at a price of $3000, that too, for the developer’s edition.

The company has further made announcements about what to expect from the Hololens, as they have commented:

“Hololens has see-through holographic lenses that use an advanced optical projection system to generate multi-dimensional full-color holograms with very low latency so you can see holographic objects in your world,” Microsoft’s Alex Kipman writes. “The key to a great holographic experience is holograms that are light point rich, i.e., they have a high holographic density and are pinned, or anchored, to the world around you.”

Microsoft is all set to change the reality around us with the arrival of Hololens, and it will empower the users to do much more than they can in a normal setting. The Hololens, if all goes well, might replace most devices that we know in the next few years.