Asus is reportedly mulling over the idea of developing its own version of Microsoft’s Hololens. The company has been in talks with Microsoft over the possibility of building a lower cost version of the augmented reality headset, although it has not yet decided on any concrete plans.
Microsoft has yet to announce any plans to release the Hololens, although it has announced a $3000 developer unit going on sale early next year. The idea is to get developers building apps for the Hololens ahead of its consumer release; whenever that may be.
Ideally, Asus would be making a cheaper (and thusly more consumer friendly) version of the Hololens. Although Asus chairman Jonney Shih is still deciding on whether to go along with the idea. Signs point towards the project having a positive outlook as Shih sees some potential for the product.
“When my kids can’t put the Minecraft on HoloLens down,” he told CNET in an interview, “we know it’s ready for Minecraft players.”
Minecraft was one of the major announcements for the Hololens when it was first announced, and Microsoft used its latest acquisition to promote the entertainment possibilities of its augmented reality device. Another AR game was previewed at its recent event in New York, but there has been little shown of the practical side of Hololens.