Microsoft partners with Valve VR and Oculus, shows Minecraft for HoloLens

Microsoft logoAt Microsoft's pre-E3 press conference, the company announced a strategic partnership with Valve VR, complementing its partnership with Oculus, which was revealed last week at an Oculus press conference in San Francisco. In other VR news, Microsoft invited Mojang's brand director, Lydia Winters, to the stage to demo a version of Minecraft built specifically for Microsoft's HoloLens.

Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Studios Kudo Tsunoda told the audience that Microsoft is “working closely with Valve to make Windows 10 the best platform for VR gaming.” Valve's own SteamVR development kit is still in development, but Ars got a chance to play with it at Valve's office in Seattle last week.

Microsoft partners with Valve VR and Oculus, shows Minecraft for HoloLens

Microsoft also reiterated that it would be partnering with Facebook-owned Oculus VR with the goal of getting the Xbox One controller to interoperate with the consumer-ready version of the Oculus Rift, which will be launched in the first quarter of 2016. Users will be able to play VR games through the Oculus Rift using their Xbox One controller, and they'll be able to stream games through Windows 10 to the headset. Oculus also announced last week that it would launch its own hand-held controllers called Oculus Touch to allow for more natural gestures and movements through virtual worlds, but Oculus Touch is still in prototype mode and won't be available until after Oculus' launch.

Finally, Mojang's brand director Lydia Winters came onto the stage and said that the company is building a version of Minecraft specifically for Microsoft's HoloLens. In a demo, the Hololens projected a screen onto a wall, and Winters, who was not wearing a HoloLens, was able to join through her Surface tablet. Then the demonstrator walked over to a tabletop nearby and used the HloLens to reconstruct the 2D Minecraft world on the table in 3D.

The demonstrator was able to use natural gestures to zoom into the Minecraft world and scroll through the visible area within the tabletop space. Although everyone on screen couldn't see what he was seeing, the feed from the HoloLens headset looked crisp.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Microsoft, Windows 10

Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
Your comment:

Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party

Last news

Galaxy Note10 really is built around a 6.7-inch display
You may still be able to download your content
Facebook, Messenger and Instagram are all going away
Minimize apps to a floating, always-on-top bubble
Japan Display has been providing LCDs for the iPhone XR, the only LCD model in Apple’s 2018 line-up
The 2001 operating system has reached its lowest share level
The entire TSMC 5nm design infrastructure is available now from TSMC
The smartphone uses a Snapdragon 660 processor running Android 9 Pie
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review
The evolution of the successful smartphone, now with a waterproof body and USB Type-C
February 7, 2017 / 2
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /

News Archive



Do you use microSD card with your phone?
or leave your own version in comments (15)