Windows Holographic is Microsoft’s Operating System that powers the HoloLens headset but the company have today announced that it will be opening up the platform to other devices such as the HTC Vive.
During its Computex 2016 keynote in Taipei, Taiwan today, Microsoft said that Holographic would be opened up for developers to use the OS on other devices and it seems that the HTC Vive is already amongst those VR headsets that has been tested.
The video shows two HoloLens users communicating with each other and then a third user wearing a HTC Vive join in, seemingly showcasing the ability for the two platforms to communicate with each other. The varying sensors offered by the different pieces of hardware contribute to players being rendered differently depending on the platform, but ultimately the collaborative effort of both the HoloLens and HTC Vive allow for cross-platform social interaction. One player in the video even uses the Vive’s positional controllers to pull-up a contextual menu to bring other players into the VR environment, all visible to the HoloLens users.
Today, we announced that Windows Holographic is coming to devices of all shapes and sizes, from fully immersive virtual reality to fully untethered holographic computing. Today we invited our OEM, ODM, and hardware partners to build PCs, displays, accessories, and mixed reality devices with the Windows Holographic platform.
For our partners, this creates new business opportunities, unlocking mixed reality experiences across devices. For developers, Windows Holographic apps can be written today with confidence that they will run on the broadest set of devices.
Microsoft has also reportedly partnered with Acer, AMD, Asus, CyberPowerPC, Dell, Falcon, HP, iBuyPower, Intel, Lenovo, MSI, Northwest, and Qualcomm to offer more VR content on Windows Holographic, but seemingly no mention of the Oculus Rift. Oculus had previously been linked to a partnership with a VR optimised Xbox One so it could be efforts are focused more towards that than the Holographic platform.
Things still seem in the conceptual stage at the moment, but with the Vive running Holographic shown off on stage, it seems that this is more a case of when than if, with Microsoft stating it’ll be sharing more details at the WinHEC conference later this year.