Following pattern established by Oculus rift and Samsung Gear VR for headmount display(HMD), Microsoft has now brought the Hololense to retail channels. Starting with the online Microsoft store, consumer in the US and Canada can now buy upto 5 Hololens HMDs without being invited. It is available on stores for $3000.
This was announced by Microsoft’s HoloLens, in January 2015, and since then has changed significantly. A wider field-of-view, higher resolution imagery and a wide variety of tools supporting developers building experiences and applications for the device are now standard. Indeed, with this in mind, it should be noted that the version of HoloLens now available from the online Microsoft Store remains the HoloLens Development Edition.
Available for $3,999 USD Microsoft Hololense development edition , as it has been since pre-orders initially became available, the HoloLens Development Edition is intended solely for software development studios. Those who wish to purchase the HoloLens Development Edition via the online Microsoft Store will still require a (free to register) Microsoft Account. Furthermore, Microsoft is keen to note that support for customers purchasing the HoloLens Development Edition is currently only available in English.
The HoloLens Development Edition is the only version of the HMD currently available, with no information regarding a consumer release yet available. Indeed, the current belief is that a consumer version of the HoloLens is still over a year away.