The price of Microsoft’s HoloLens remains a mystery, here’s why

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When the Microsoft HoloLens was officially unveiled during this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the internet let out a collective gasp of excitement. The HoloLens is one of the most futuristic devices ever made, and stands to completely change how we interact with the surrounding environment. During the unveiling, it was stated that the planned release would occur within the same time frame as Windows 10, an operating system update now upon us–and yet we still don’t have a definitive price of Microsoft’s HoloLens.

Why not?

Arguably, this might mean bad news. When the game-changing device was first demonstrated, the rumor was that the device would be somewhere in the neighborhood of $500. Expensive, sure, but still doable for the average American intent on purchasing a high-tech new toy to show off to all his (or her) envious buddies.

Well, the rumors have changed a lot since January’s CES.

The price of Microsoft’s HoloLens may very well be upwards of $900!

$900 is just an estimate. For all anyone really knows, the price of Microsoft’s HoloLens could be well over a grand. According to a New York Times article published earlier this May, an anonymous Microsoft executive suggested the cost would be “significantly more” than one of the company’s Xbox One consoles, which currently sell at around $400.

In addition, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made the following statement:

I don’t want to overhype it like Google Glass and say this is the next big thing. I want us to be deliberate about what it is.

Good to know! But it doesn’t leave us with a lot of confidence in the product OR its unannounced price.

Will the possible high price of Microsoft’s HoloLens remain irrelevant, or will it set up a situation where it’ll fail to meet the high expectations given to it by excited media and consumers? Does it even matter? Give us your thoughts about the hopefully impending release!

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Jeff is a self-proclaimed pragmatic futurist; that is, he has high hopes for absurd life-altering technologies which sound too good to be true, and probably are. Although he writes on a variety of subjects, his real passion is for technological innovation and the people who make it happen. By day, he enjoys fuzzy bunnies, kittens, puppies, roller coasters and a sardonic written word or two. By night, he's busy running memyselfandrobot.com, replaying a random Final Fantasy game, or pretending to be Batman. He currently resides in Upstate NY.

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  1. mkallgood@gmail.com'
    Mike Allgood on

    Everyone misses one subtle part of the phrasing… “Within the same timeframe as Windows 10”. I think it would be more clear if you think of it in this manner – “before the release of Windows 11”.

    HoloLens is likely at least two to three years away from being released. The technology is still very much in beta and depends on systems that are still being developed. Microsoft is moving to an incremental update cycle. Windows 10 , 10.1, 10.2, 10.3, etc… will be with us for years.

    Think of Mac OS X. OS X ( or as it’s properly called OS 10) is at Version 10.11 – It’s been running for 14 years. That’s Microsoft’s hope – they can do a yearly update and keep Windows 10 up to date for at least a decade – so within the timeframe of Windows 10 could be a long, long time…

    • No one missed anything. It was my fault for leaving out a detail that made it more ambiguous. Microsoft’s original statement said they would release the HoloLens during the timeframe for Windows 10’s release, which is absolutely occurring incrementally over the next few months. The company is still slowly notifying people that they can download. If the HoloLens release is to be delayed, they have yet to make an official statement to that effect. Barring that, though, the technology should definitely be released sometime this year in at least some capacity.

      You’re definitely right to imply that people shouldn’t get their hopes up, in any case!