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Posted June 16, 2015 by Zachary Clarke in Feature
 
 

Microsoft Shows Off Minecraft Using HoloLens


Two big questions going in to Microsoft’s E3 press conference this year: How will they utilise Minecraft, and how will they demo HoloLens? Both these questions were answered at the same time. Lucky us.

Minecraft‘s support for HoloLens was teased back in a concept video for the device, but today we saw our first public live display of the HoloLens being used to interact with the game.

We saw the wearer shift and modify the world with his hands, allowing him to get an overall view of the entire world, together while another player was using a Microsoft Surface to play within the same world. The HoloLens user can also use voice commands to input server commands, and is able to aim for specific blocks or sections of the map by staring at them. Assuming that the demo was not just smoke and mirrors, it manages to show off the potential for what HoloLens can do. It isn’t clear if it will have any significant impact on the way we play games at this stage, but it does show some novel ideas that can at the very least allow us to experience our games from a different perspective.

Minecraft fans who won’t be able to get their hands on a HoloLens, and are looking for more information about their favourite franchise were left a little high and dry, but Mojang teased more announcements coming at Minecon in a few weeks time (the conference takes place from July 4th-5th)


Zachary Clarke

 
Zach is a unabashed Nintendo fanatic, however that doesn't mean he doesn't partake in the forbidden fruits of Playstation & Xbox consoles... he even plays on PC from time to time. Zach has dabbled in the video game industry in a number of ways over the past few years, from writting content for Gonintendo & Another Castle, to running the Society for Electronic Entertainment at the University of Melbourne. There is nothing more he loves than getting together, either online or offline with a bunch of fellow gamers, to yell at each other until we just want to punch one another in the throat while discussing video games.


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