Microsoft's HoloLens should be available to developers within the year, CEO Satya Nadella has said. Microsoft's HoloLens should be available to developers within the year, CEO Satya Nadella has said. Microsoft's HoloLens should be available to developers within the year, CEO Satya Nadella has said. (Photo: Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

Good news for gamers: HoloLens moves closer to completion

Microsoft said the first version should be out within the year.

Microsoft's much-anticipated augmented reality headset, HoloLens, now has a timeline for completion.

In an interview with the BBC, CEO Satya Nadella said the company would have developer versions of the headset available "within the next year."

"This is a five-year journey, but we're looking forward to getting a v1 out, which is more around developers and enterprises. It's in the Windows 10 timeframe, which means that it is within the next year," he said.

Microsoft announced HoloLens in January and is part of the general rollout of Windows 10, which launched in July.

The headset's technology, which has garnered rave reviews in preliminary presentations, was partly developed at Microsoft's R&D center in Israel.

Gamers should be especially intrigued by the early plaudits. Microsoft said earlier this year that the HoloLens will offer a "surreal gaming environment." This is not a surprise considering the responsiveness of the technology: HoloLens allows users to pin holograms to their physical environment, and Microsoft promises that the holograms you’ll see can appear life-like, and can move, be shaped and change according to how they are interacted with.

Microsoft recently released a video detailing the impact HoloLens could have on how developers build games.

In June the company held demos (while also announcing a partnership with virtual reality company Oculus Rift) to show how the headset would alter the gaming experience.

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