Rumor: The next Microsoft HoloLens, Codenamed Sydney In Development

Microsoft was earlier expected to release the Microsoft HoloLens V2 in 2017, but the company for some reason decided to skip its development and move straight to the V3. And per latest reports, the company is, in fact, aiming for a Q1 2019 release of the next generation HoloLens.

Now, with AR or mixed-reality headsets coming soon from Apple, Samsung, Google and Magic Leap, Microsoft may finally be ready to release its next-gen mixed reality viewer.

And, thankfully, this HoloLens likely won’t ship for $3,000 (£2,719 / AU$4,369).

Thurrott’s Brad Sams reported earlier today that he’s viewed internal Microsoft documents on the HoloLens project, indicating that the tech giant aims to ship out the v3 HoloLens—codenamed “Sydney”—by the end of Q1 2019.

It’s unclear whether this date refers to a general commercial release or, once again, a limited supply of developer kits. HoloLens creator Alex Kipman claimedlast year that a consumer-ready HoloLens wasn’t planned for some time, but plans may have changed.

Sams also asserted that HoloLens Sydney would have significant hardware and design upgrades. Specifically, the headset would be lighter and more comfortable for longer wear times, and would come with “significantly improved holographic displays”.

At the Microsoft Build 2018, the company announced new HoloLens functionalities like remote Assist for hands-free video calling, MR annotations to support calls, Microsoft Layout for room-sized, 3D holographic layouts, among other things. These features are highly anticipated to make it to the HoloLens ‘Sydney’.

Microsoft’s next HoloLens will also include a variant of Windows 10, similar to the existing headset, and designed especially for its mixed reality use cases. It’s part of Microsoft’s clever modes for clever hardware plans, alongside the Surface Hub 2 and a potential Surface-branded notepad device (codenamed Andromeda).

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