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HoloLens: Motivating Children To Clean Their Rooms The World Over

January 22, 2015

Suddenly, 2 Billion for Minecraft isn’t looking so expensive anymore. The HoloLens is something I could get excited about, as opposed to the Kinect. Seriously, this is VERY COOL. …And, once again, Microsoft’s presenter is laughable! Someone really needs to tell them to hire movie stars or something to promote their sh!t. Sheesh.

  1. January 22, 2015 10:14 pm

    Can’t wait to talk all the big xbox news this weekend!

  2. Herandar permalink
    January 23, 2015 10:11 am

    I thought it was very interesting that they announced this the same week that Google basically killed Google Glass.

  3. Herandar permalink
    January 23, 2015 10:23 am

    Thought about making this a separate post, but I’m not up to it right now. Definitely worth reading though: The future PC?

  4. January 23, 2015 6:50 pm

    @Herandar‘s article link

    secure their place as the focus of the living room.

    Thanks for the heads up on that article. One thing that a lot of people don’t realize (except maybe Phil Spencer) is that the ship of “owning the living room” has sailed. Indeed, it wasn’t even a matter of the epic launch failure of the One. The ship basically set sail with the advent of smartphones half way through last gen. People just thought the ship was still in the harbor.

    It’s done! Right now, today, people can get almost all web and streaming features they want with the exception of access to the AAA games, all packed in to their new TV. Or course, if their TV doesn’t have those features, they can wirelessly stream from any other number of small, portable devices. Even the little $100 Apple TV USB dongle’s days are numbered. With the exception of being able to run the AAA games, TVs are already being sold that do everything else!

    So, given that there never will be a device that owns your living room, the next question is, what is left to make money on?

    It is a device that plays the most, best games and has the best access to social features while doing so. I believe that for the next 8-10 years or so, there will still be a market for that kind of device. After 10 years, however, technology like the HoloLens/Rift and the hardware to run them, and all the big games, will be handheld and ubiquitous. The handheld device will have its own projector (as all the new handheld video cameras here on the shelves in Japan already have) and you may or may not even require a wireless controller to interface with your games.

    Games will never stop demanding faster, more powerful hardware, but the forms that hardware takes will almost certainly change. Even just moving from disc to digital will make a huge difference on the required size and shape of the gaming device.

    An Xbox One with the ability to play your PC library of games would present a significant competitive advantage over Sony’s PS4

    YES! Let it be!

    As regards the “threat” of the Steam Machine. There is no threat. Hardware makers cannot subsidize their hardware with money from software sales. The One and the PS4 have very narrow profit margins. The only way a Steam Machine would pose any threat is if Valve subsidized the hardware to make the price competitive. And as far as I know, they aren’t willing to do that. Fat ass lazy, have-others-make-it-for-us Valve. The Steam Machines will only serve to cannibalize a micro portion of the PC hardware market, and probably won’t do much of that either.

    Finally, unlike their abandoning of the Zune, Microsoft has stuck with their “Surface”. Look out, because one of these times, they may get it right. It will need to be default Windows 10 Home or Pro. None of this “RT” bullshit.

    Fascinating article. Exciting prediction.

  5. Herandar permalink
    March 2, 2015 8:23 am

    SO… Valve’s VR headset is supposedly coming out this year. The HTC Vive. It’s pretty much finished, apparently. More details released soon. I definitely plan on getting a VR headset for gaming when they become available, but the decision was so much easier when there weren’t four or five options to choose from.

    • March 2, 2015 5:12 pm

      Understood, but with four or five options, you will be able to buy a headset for the system you own, and at a price and with the features you can afford and want. This is good news. But also bear in mind that with Valve, things are vapor until they are actually on the market. I am not saying they aren’t workin’ on it. But they have their own reality distortion field that curves and warps time.

    • Herandar permalink
      March 2, 2015 6:40 pm

      No, I’m not saying it’s bad for consumers. I just don’t want to end up backing the Betamax VR headset, but I do want to be an early adopter of this particular tech.

      Re: Valve Time, I have a comment and a question. First, this information is being pushed by HTC, the manufacturer, so I do believe it will be out this year. Second, Suns, did you keep track of that economist that went to work for Valve? Did he ever post in his blog again, or is he just playing Half Life 3 everyday?

    • Herandar permalink
      March 2, 2015 6:52 pm

      To answer the question: No, his weekly blog made it to a grand total of four posts over a month and a half. Since then, he has been the finance minister of Greece since the current government came to power in January.

    • March 2, 2015 11:06 pm

      Asked and answered. Thanks! I was wondering what he was doing. I figured he was still in data up to his neck, like Scrooge in a vat of gold coins.

      You’re right about the manufacturer. Still, Oculus Rift was also supposed to be out at least a year or so ago, and they keep delaying it, too.

      I don’t know which will be the betamax of this technology. Oculus Rift is backed by Facebook, for better or worse.

  6. March 4, 2015 7:53 pm

    Reviews are coming in, and it looks like you might be able to jump into the VR realm without supporting facebook! 😉

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