Microsoft has been working on a cheaper version of the Hololens headphones for businesses. The Wall Street Journal reported that the American company canceled the project at the end of last year in preparation for the upcoming economic recession.
It was already known that Microsoft Wanted to cooperate with Samsung to the headset. This plan has since been scrapped as well. The Wall Street Journal writes. This was intended for Samsung to make the hardware for the headset, while Microsoft provides the software. The project should have brought Hololens to the consumer market. Hololens 2 is still a corporate product, with a purchase price of $3,000 which is way too high for consumers.
The newspaper heard about the cancellation of the project from former employees. About 100 employees have left Hololens in recent years, and many of them have gone to Meta to work on the Quest headphones, the newspaper said. The division is divided into hardware and software. The company announced a few weeks ago that this software, like Teams, will be included in the Meta Quest headphones.
Samsung wanted to make hardware, because it has hardware expertise and is no longer developing its own Gear VR headset. Microsoft introduced the first Hololens In 2015, with a successor in 2019. It’s an augmented reality headset that runs on a variant of Windows built for mixed reality.
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