HoloLens Gaming: Minecraft Windows 10 Edition Beta

Minecraft on the HoloLens was one of the very first demos Microsoft gave in 2015 to show off how cool holographic gaming could be. Unfortunately, Microsoft has yet to announce any dates as to when they plan on releasing this super cool holographic Minecraft that turns your home into a pixelated playground of wonder. Even if you can’t play the holographic Minecraft yet, there remains a question. Can you play Minecraft on the Microsoft HoloLens?

The answer is a definite YES! Although there are some catches. Currently, the full version of Minecraft is not supported on the Microsoft HoloLens. It’s also not possible to use Remote Desktop on the HoloLens to play Minecraft either. So, how can Minecraft be played on the Microsoft HoloLens?

The answer from Microsoft for playing Minecraft on the HoloLens is through downloading the Minecraft for Windows 10 Edition Beta from the Windows Store. This is the same Minecraft for Windows 10 that’s available to the desktop / laptop version of Windows 10. Since this is a UWP (Universal Windows Platform) application, it also supports the Microsoft HoloLens.

Below is a short video to show it in action. In the video, a keyboard and mouse are used for game input. This is likely the best method to play since the on-screen touch controls would be really difficult to use with a single gaze cursor and clicker.

Happy crafting on the HoloLens!

HoloLens in Danger: Intel Cancels Atom CPU

The Microsoft HoloLens brings a truly innovative, augmented reality, wearable device. The currently released HoloLens hardware is the Developer Edition running on an Intel Atom CPU. Microsoft has yet to announce when a more broadly available consumer version of the HoloLens will be available. However, the recent announcement that Intel is cancelling the Atom CPU line raises some serious questions around the future of Microsoft HoloLens. Is the future of Microsoft HoloLens in danger? Will future HoloLens devices use ARM CPU’s? Continue reading

Detailed HoloLens Hardware Specs

The innovations of Microsoft Holographics brought to life by the Microsoft HoloLens are quite remarkable. While the HoloLens Development Edition is still v1 hardware, it’s really amazing how well it works. One thing Microsoft hasn’t really published is what the hardware specifications (CPU, RAM, Storage, etc) are inside powering the HoloLens device. Using the HoloLens Settings app along with the AIDA64 app available in the Windows Store many of the hardware specification details can be discovered. A compilation of the HoloLens hardware specs are below. Continue reading

Even HoloLens has a Start Menu

Every Operating System (OS) needs to have an application launcher of some kind. Microsoft Windows has had the Start Menu ever since Windows 95. It’s still there in Windows 10, and the Microsoft HoloLens is no different. Yes, even the Microsoft HoloLens has a Start Menu.

There’s so much focus on Holograms and Microsoft Holographics with the Microsoft HoloLens, the root user interface for launching apps seems to get lost in the mix. So, I decided to record a short video demonstrating how to bring up the HoloLens Start Menu using the “Bloom” gesture, and show what the Holographic Start Menu looks like. Continue reading

HoloLens Remote Desktop Preview UWP App

Remote Desktop has been a feature in Windows for a really long time. It allows for you to remote into and use a Windows computer from another Windows computer remotely as if you were sitting down at that computer directly. This is a feature used by many Developers and IT Pros for various reasons such as installing updates, troubleshooting support issues, or just using a Virtual Machine (VM) that is hosted on a server or even in Microsoft Azure. The Remote Desktop Preview app in the Windows Store bring Remote Desktop capabilities to the Microsoft HoloLens as well as any other Windows 10 device. Continue reading