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Microsoft Hololens Article

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Microsoft at E3 really took the stage when they presented to us the Microsoft Hololens demo in which they showed us Minecraft ‘table-top’ edition. Being a big fan of Minecraft this really took me by surprise as it showed the game in a totally new form, one that I am not used to, but one I am amazingly impressed by.

Part way through the demo a 3D version of a Minecraft world is projected on to a table. The top of the table fills up with sand blocks and is promptly surrounded by a wall built up of cobble, wood fences and glowstone blocks. This is done around the very edge of the table. Out of nowhere the sand all falls and creates a massive hole in the table and out of this hole raises a mountain with a couple buildings on top.

They demonstrate how to move the world around using a simple pinch movement with your fingers and also show how you can look through walls and see inside buildings when you get close enough. If this isn’t impressive enough they then centre on a player in the world as she takes a minecart to the nearest village and we all see as the world moves with this player all within the borders of the size of the table.

They also tell us that console commands can be used just by talking and show us this when they say ‘lightning strike’ and we watch some lightning hit some TNT, blowing a hole in the floor. And this can be done by looking at where you want it to take place.

Now this is all very impressive but there is one potential drawback that could ruin this experience for most. The view you get inside the glasses is apparently just a small square in the centre, rather than the surrounding visuals you would see in the Oculus Rift. Keep in mind though that this is still in development and you can expect to see changes in final versions.

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