Microsoft HoloLens will be (unsurprisingly) expensive
Whether you’re thinking about new Lumia flagships or just Windows 10 itself, it’s easy to find reasons to be excited about upcoming Microsoft products. But there’s one that’s captured the minds of the tech community maybe more than any other in recent memory, the incredibly futuristic, all-sorts-of-ambitious HoloLens. The more we learn about the hardware that goes into this headset, and the more we hear about what it promises to allow us to do, the easier it is to become enraptured with its possibilities. But there’s still a lot we don’t know about HoloLens, including what could prove to be the most important question for many of its fans: pricing. Are we talking some Google-Glass-level $1500 price tag? Something that squeezes in under $1000? Is there any realistic chance of it being even more affordable still? While we don’t yet have anything close to a firm answer, a recent New York Times profile on HoloLens and the internal Microsoft changes that allowed it to happen in the first place offers some fresh glimpses into how it might hit market.
The whole piece provides some interesting insight into how Satya Nadella is reshaping Microsoft culture to be more collaborative, efficient, and willing to take risks, but we’re most concerned with what all that means for HoloLens.
The news we get about HoloLens pricing is open-ended and more than a little vague, but it gives us a starting point: HoloLens is supposed to cost more than a curent-gen game console. With both the PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s own Xbox One selling for $400 and up, we have a baseline for possible HoloLens pricing. Admittedly, we’d already have assumed it would fetch quite a bit more than that, but given how little’s been said about sales plans to date, we’ll take any info we can get.
As for a release date, all we know is that Microsoft intends to make HoloLens available in the same general timeframe as the Windows 10 retail launch, but with platforms like the PC and phone not set to all get Windows 10 at once, that’s also a pretty wide window to work with.