Microsoft’s Holographic Minecraft Demo Is Stunning

Microsoft’s Holographic Minecraft Demo Is Stunning

Minecraft is a game we’ve seen countless times before. And yet! The virtual reality demo showcased by Microsoft today makes the game almost seem brand new.

You can start a new world on any surface you’d like — as you can see in the GIF above. Magical.

Here’s the full demo. The amazing stuff starts at the 2:25 mark:

Some notable stuff:

  • You can play Minecraft right on your wall, and then transfer it to another surface.
  • You can manipulate the world using your voice and your hands. And of course, you can walk around and change your viewpoint whenever you’d like.
  • You can zoom in, out, and around using your voice.
  • You can raise the world and see things that are normally not visible.
  • Whatever you look at? The game is aware of it. During the demo, the presenter looks at a TNT pack and tells the game to strike it with lightning. Amazing.

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  • Looks cool, I’m not sure how many people would go out of their way to buy it and use it on a regular basis but

  • Except the demo is total bullshit, you don’t see that whole table at once when you walk in close, you see a small part of it as the FOV of the hololens is so small. Ditto with the wall demo.

    I don’t know why they keep showing it this way, give the view through the actual hololens and it is actually pretty terrible.

    • Yep, this is the big problem with the product. Hopefully it’s something they plan to and/or can address before it hits.

  • this looks impressive on camera but there’s nothing to add to the gameplay at all. it’s exactly like every other VR headset except it lacks immersion which is the major selling point of all of the others.

    they’re trying to sell it as a thing that adds extra dimensions to what you can see, this would be extremely cool if they were making some kind of gameplay out of what you can see around you but all they are doing is putting mincraft on a table, what dimensions to the table does that actually add?

    this is why they’re trying to partner heavily with the rift.

  • It looks unreal, but I’m dreading that my coffee table will not be supported and I will have to upgrade to a Microsoft one!

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