20 February 2016

Microsoft Bidding Its Time With HoloLens to Avoid Kinect Situation

If you're deliberating on why you haven't been able to get a hold of HoloLens, it's simply because Microsoft wants to take its time to make sure it's a product you'll find useful. The company wants to avoid another situation like the Kinect's when it launched on Xbox 360. However, the creator won't release a time frame on the HoloLens' release date.

"When I feel the world is ready, then we will allow normal people to buy it," Kipman said in Vancouver. "It could be as soon as we say 'yes,' and it could be as long as a 'very long time.'"

Kipman believes launching the Kinect as early as they did was not a pleasant experience. Notwithstanding making great sales - 10 million units in 60 days-  Kipman protests that it wasn't ready to do so, as enthusiasm around the device dropped because of the lack of software support and technology. He wants to make sure HoloLens is a device people would find useful before selling it to them.

"If a consumer bought it today, they would have 12 things to do with it," he explained. "And they would say 'Cool, I bought a $3,000 product that I can do 12 things with and now it is collecting dust.'"