Hololens is dope, nobody can deny that. Although the consumer version is certainly not ready yet, according to many sources who spoke to Thurott’s Brad Sams, the Redmond Giant wants to seemingly abandon its roadmap and go ahead with a better plan in mind: Foregoing v2 will help build a better v3.
Sams speculates that this change might be due to the fact that no one in the Mixed Realty field is as advanced as it currently is. Even its rival firm, Magic Leap still doesn’t have a prototype, let alone a production product.
While some may see this as bad news that a newer/cheaper version of the Hololens isn’t to be released this year or the next, it gives Microsoft a lot of time to make changes that are closer to a generation leap(AKA an actual v2/3, and not a v1.5 branded as a v2).
Microsoft is keeping mum about its plans; in a statement to Thurrott, the company said,
Mixed reality is the future of computing, and Microsoft HoloLens is the future and present of mixed reality. Our commitment requires no roadmap.
Again, it’s best to take this with a grain of salt as the company’s plans can change at any moment, so it’ll be interesting to see whether Microsoft follows this new philosophy or sticks to its original plan. Shifting the next iteration till 2019 also gives devs much more time to experiment and play with MR. Let’s just hope that they don’t explode lul.