Widely available stateside and up north for a good couple of months now, the world’s first (and still only) “self-contained holographic computer” is today marking another major milestone in its quest to break mixed-reality technology into the mainstream scene.
Still aimed exclusively at developers and business organizations (though anyone can buy and try it out), the Microsoft HoloLens head-mounted display finally expands from North America to Australia, Ireland, France, Germany, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
Folks looking to sample the groundbreaking (not to mention sleek) smartglasses and existing AR experiences, and especially those keen to help out develop new ones in the aforementioned six countries, can already pre-order their headsets, with shipments slated to begin sometime in late November.
Alas, Redmond isn’t ready to do beta testers any favors in terms of continuously extravagant pricing. Worse yet, after various taxes and user-unfavorable conversion rates, early HoloLens adopters down under and on the old continent will end up paying even more than their US counterparts. Namely, €3,300 ($3,640) a pop in Germany, France and Ireland, £2,719 ($3,330) on British shores, AUD 4,369 (USD 3,310) in Australia, and no less than 7,829 NZ dollars (USD 5,530) in New Zealand, up from 3,000 bucks for Microsoft US e-store purchases.
Source: Windows Blogs