Here are the first amazing games and apps for Microsoft’s HoloLens – PCWorld

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Microsoft formally announced its long-awaited $3,000 HoloLens development kit on Monday, which developers can buy as a testbed for holographic applications. But Microsoft has also announced its own games—yes, games!—and apps for the platform, some of which look pretty darn amazing. 

The games complement Microsoft’s own development tools, all of which can be found at Microsoft’s developer site. (All of the apps are technically coded for Windows 10, but HoloLens-specific apps are referred to as Windows Holographic apps.) There, Microsoft has posted a number of videos and documentation, complete with a walkthrough on how to code a Holographic app for the HoloLens. You’ll even find an entire HoloLens emulator to test code on. 

But, just to show off what the HoloLens can do, there are also a few nifty apps and games—some of which we’ve seen before, and some which are brand new. Here they are.

Why this matters: Chances are that Microsoft developers have already had a chance to test out the hardware for themselves. But what can a polished, finished Holographic app for the HoloLens look like? Microsoft’s demonstration apps will provide a bar for developers to clear.


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Microsoft’s HoloStudio appears to be a very polished 3D object creation app.

HoloStudio was one of the original demonstrations during the January 2015 introduction of the HoloLens, so I’ve seen it live and in person. It looked incredibly polished then, as it does now. Think of HoloStudio as sort of a 3D object construction kit: You can import files from other apps, but also create your own using a lively, cartoonish interface. All of those models hover in the air, so you can walk around them and inspect them from any direction.

Skype Holographic

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Skype Holographic allows you to move the virtual Skype window around physical space.


The Holographic version of Skype was another app that Microsoft showed off a year ago it was working then, so I have every reason to believe it will be an identically convincing experience now as well.

Last January, I used Skype as a communication tool to rewire an actual, physical light switch. I was able to “drag” the Skype window around, so I could interact with my guide directly or slide her to the side, so I could focus on the task in front of me. I was also able to share what I saw, so my Skype pal could highlight (with digital ink!) what I needed to accomplish. It was a powerful demonstration of Microsoft’s augmented reality vision.


We don’t know much about ActionGram, although some early developer code leaked out recently. Microsoft describes the app as a way to “blend holographic content into real world settings, allowing anybody to create emotionally compelling and humorous videos.” Sounds a lot like Instagram, with holograms. 

Here are the first amazing games and apps for Microsoft’s HoloLens – PCWorld