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Microsoft and Niantic showcase Pokémon Go Hololens demo

Microsoft first revealed the Hololens all the way back in 2015, before shipping the first developer units in 2016. Since then, we’ve seen concepts for the Hololens running experiences based on Halo and Minecraft. Now, Pokémon is joining that list, with Niantic and Microsoft teaming up to show off a Hololens Pokémon Go demo. 

As part of Microsoft’s new ‘Mesh’ platform reveal for mixed reality devices like the Hololens, Niantic released a Pokémon Go Hololens demo reveal. The demo is running on a Hololens 2 headset and shows how a user could walk around outside and spot virtual Pokémon in the wild and interact with them.

Speaking about the demo, Niantic CEO and founder, John Hanke, explains that this demo “is not intended for consumer use”, instead it is intended to offer “an early glimpse into the future evolutions in both software and hardware”. Hanke also added: “We’ve only scratched the surface. We know the years ahead to be filled with important achievements which will serve as waypoints in AR’s journey to become a life-changing computing platform.”

All of this took place during Microsoft Ignite 2021, a virtual event that took place last night. At that time, Microsoft also announced ‘Mesh’, a collaborative AR platform backed by Azure servers.

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KitGuru Says: We’ve seen some very interesting proof of concept ideas for games on Hololens but we’re still quite far away from this becoming consumer-grade hardware. Hopefully that will start to change over the next five years as developer interest begins to pick up. What do you all think of the Hololens Pokémon demo? Is this something you would play if it were available? 

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